Every journey needs a first footstep and mine is to be heard on a Belfast street on a summer's day back in the seventies. As a kid too young to join my older brothers and their friends as they entered a particular house renowned for its unique Beatles collection, I lingered in the garden watching the heavy curtains being drawn across the wide windows, wondering silently as a mysterious ritual was prepared for inside. During the following moments something emerged through the glass which transformed the languorous air into an all-embracing ecstasy of sound, imagery and melody, a slow-unfurling magic that entranced my young soul. I still don't know how many songs it was I heard or how long the experience lasted but when the secret brotherhood tumbled noisily back out through the front door I found myself awakening from the trance on the same spot in the very same garden albeit a very different person. Life itself had changed. The leaden drapes and dusty windows had failed in their attempt to keep that lonesome figure from receiving the message – the transcendent power of music.
That moment in the garden has remained the driving force behind my development as a musician and songwriter ever since, a road that has taken me from my hometown Belfast to London to Berlin.
Over the 15 years I've been in Berlin I have recorded 3 albums the last of which, entitled 'Soul Bird', was recently completed. It's a feathered friend I've clung to long enough and it's now time to let it go, to let it glide out beyond those leaden curtains and dusty windows in search of passersby chancing to pause on their way through the garden of life...
The years spent capturing 'Soul Bird' were a pleasure and I hope the listener will be rewarded with the same wonder we felt while recording it. Sit back and enjoy the flight!
Kieran McMahon, July 2015
A vinyl version of the album is currently in the planning.
released July 17, 2015
All Songs Written and Composed by KIERAN McMAHON
KIERAN McMAHON: Vocals, 6 &12-String Acoustic Guitars, Spanish Guitar, Electric and Slide Guitars, Percussion, Handclaps
CAROLA McMAHON: Harmony and Backing Vocals, Electric Piano, Upright Piano, Organ, Glockenspiel, Recorder, Harmonium
ARNE PAUL NEUMANN: Bass Guitars, Baritone Guitar, Electric Guitarlele, Classical Guitar, Electric Piano Bass, Mellotron, Percussion, Handclaps, Backing Vocals
With Special Guests:
TOM OSANDER: Drums, Tambourine, Shakers, Timpani, Triangle
KOFI ROCCO ROSSBACH: Congas, Bongos, Shakers
STEFFI TAUBER: Guest Vocal and Backing Vocals on 'Soul Bird'
AISLINN McMAHON: Guest Vocals on 'Dream Winter's Day'
UPENDO LIEBSCH: Viola
JUDICA BRINKMEIER: Violin
Strings Arranged and Conducted by ARNE PAUL NEUMANN
All Songs Arranged and Produced by KIERAN McMAHON with ARNE PAUL NEUMANN and CAROLA McMAHON