Soul Bird

by Kieran McMahon

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SOUL BIRD - AN INTRODUCTION

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.

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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

16-Track Analog Recording by KIERAN McMAHON

Mixed by JOHANNES SAAL at Soundtank Studios

Additional Audio Editing by ARNE PAUL NEUMANN

Mastered by DOUG HENDERSON

Cover Painting by JOHN CULLEN

Hand-Written Titles by CAROLA McMAHON

Cover Layout by PAVITRO PAPADOPOULOS

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Kieran McMahon Belfast, UK

'More uplifting than a million shiny, happy pop bands'

'Wonderfully Wistful Songwriter-Pop..'

'At the point where poetic songwriting, indie folk and catchy acoustic pop meet..'

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Track Name: Soul Bird
SOUL BIRD

Laughter
Joy on the street
Summer
Shimmering heat

On its way
Innocently passing by
What a day
Blue the colour of the sky
Soul bird

Ghost wings
Caught in the light
Frozen
Motionless flight

On its way
Innocently passing by
What a day
Blue the colour of the sky
In the sun
Feathers waiting on the wind
Now it’s done
There’s no turning back again
Soul bird

Laughter
Joy on the street
Summer
Shimmering heat

On its way
Innocently passing by
What a day
Blue the colour of the sky
In the sun
Feathers waiting on the wind
Now it’s done
There’s no turning back again
Soul bird

Innocently passing by
Blue the colour of the sky
Soul bird
Feathers waiting on the wind
There’s no turning back again
Soul bird
Soul bird

Soul bird
Soul bird
Track Name: Where the Dark River Meets the Sea
WHERE THE DARK RIVER MEETS THE SEA

Standing in the light
At the gate of a lone house
Staring at a field
Where some horses are grazing
Insects are humming
Soft on the breeze
Down where the dark river meets …

Echoes far behind
Of the stone-coloured sadness
Blowing through the flowers
In a cloud-sheltered valley
Dimly recalling
Blood on the street
Down where the dark river meets the sea

Searching for a lake
Hidden deep in the mountains
Springing stone to stone
On the steep rocky hillside
Sun rising slowly
Over the trees
Down where the dark river meets the sea

Sun rising slowly
Over the trees
Down where the dark river meets the sea

Sun rising slowly
Over the trees
Down where the dark river meets the sea
Track Name: Dream Winter's Day
DREAM WINTER’S DAY

Lazing in the afternoon
A sun that looks more like a moon
Beyond the iced-up windowpane

Painted white the naked trees
Imagining the summer breeze
Wishing it was only rain

One dream winter’s day
Side by side our footprints on the ground
One dream winter’s day
Won't be long until they can't be found

Icicles along a ledge
The stationmaster blue and red
Whistle at his fingertips

People moving here and there
Their voices mingling in the air
Breath emerging from their lips

One dream winter’s day
Side by side our footprints on the ground
One dream winter’s day
Won't be long until they can't be found

As time melts away
Falling through our fingers like the snow
As time melts away
Drifting further than we'll ever know
One dream winter’s day

High above us looking down
A symphony without the sound
Frozen city far below

Rising slowly through the sky
An aeroplane about to fly
Captured in the hazy glow

One dream winter’s day
Side by side our footprints on the ground
One dream winter’s day
Won't be long until they can't be found

As time melts away
Falling through our fingers like the snow
As time melts away
Drifting further than we'll ever know
One dream winter’s day

One dream winter’s day
Side by side our footprints on the ground
Won't be long until they can't be found

One dream winter’s day
Falling through our fingers like the snow
Drifting further than we'll ever know

One dream winter’s day
Track Name: Underneath a Hazel Tree
UNDERNEATH A HAZEL TREE

Walking up the lonely hillside
Where the birds and the silver stream
Weave a spell of ancient wonder
While the leaves glisten in a dream

Still I see my father standing
Underneath a hazel tree
Will I ever understand it
What he's whispering to me

Near the house a long-lost garden
Waves of earth under tangled briars
In the hearth a bright red flower
With the flames of forgotten fires

Still I see my father standing
Underneath a hazel tree
Will I ever understand it
What he's whispering to me

Still I see my father standing
Underneath a hazel tree
Will I ever understand it
What he's whispering to me

Underneath a hazel tree
Track Name: This Once
THIS ONCE

In a trance
A spell that you can break
Left to chance
She may not ever wake

This once
Why can't you stay
On such a day
You're the sun in the sky
In her wild ocean eyes

In the past
You should have seen her smile
Time moves fast
Just wait with her a while

This once
Why can't you stay
On such a day
You're the sun in the sky
In her wild ocean eyes

This once
This once

This once
Why can't you stay
On such a day
You're the sun in the sky
In her wild ocean eyes
You're the sun in the sky
In her wild ocean eyes

This once
This once
This once
This once
Track Name: One Colour Ends and Another Begins
ONE COLOUR ENDS AND ANOTHER BEGINS

Late on the outskirts of town
Lights on the train slowing down
In her fingers the letter he wrote her
Hanging down by her side in the breeze

Watching the world as it silently spins
As it silently spins

Scenes drifting by through the glass
Thoughts turning back from the past
As he wonders if his words have reached her
With the station just seconds away

Watching the world as it silently spins
Carried away like a leaf on the wind
Like a leaf on the wind

Like a leaf on the wind
One colour ends and another begins

Carried away like a leaf on the wind
One colour ends and another begins

One colour ends and another begins
One colour ends and another begins
Track Name: Forever is Mine
FOREVER IS MINE

One summer morning I awake
And through the rustling of the leaves outside
I hear the sound the songbird makes
And then its wings as it takes off and flies

Rising on its way somewhere
In its heart no thoughts or cares
Unaware of passing time
At this moment

The sun lights up the mountainside
While just above the branches of the tree
The cotton cloud shapes in the sky
Go sailing by upon the deep blue sea

Rising on their way somewhere
In their hearts no thoughts or cares
Unaware of passing time
At this moment
Forever is mine

Forever is mine

I see you waiting on the shore
Listening to the late night waves
It feels like we've been here before
Standing in this very place

Rising on our way somewhere
In our hearts no thoughts or cares
Unaware of passing time
At this moment

Rising on our way somewhere
In our hearts no thoughts or cares
Unaware of passing time
At this moment

Forever is mine
Forever is mine
Track Name: This Must Be the One
THIS MUST BE THE ONE

All across the island there’s a fever
A nation tired of staring at four walls
Most of us are lost without a leader
And few of us will ever hear the call

This must be the one

Following the river where it’s flowing
The rising mist above the water wide
In our faces now a warm wind blowing
The scent of freedom from the other side

This must be the one
This must be the one
This must be the one

This is how the well feels when the stone drops
The splash and then the ripples in the dark
There are certain moments when the world stops
And suddenly we see just where we are

This must be the one
This must be the one
This must be the one

This must be the one
This must be the one
Track Name: Love Takes its Time
LOVE TAKES ITS TIME

Cherry blossom on the evening breeze
Children playing in a willow tree

Love takes its time
Love takes its time

On a hilltop gazing at the town
Far away from all the lights and sound

Love takes its time
Love takes its time

Love takes its time
Love takes its time

Love takes its time
Track Name: Avalanche
AVALANCHE

So what are we gonna do now
When all around’s an avalanche
When all around’s an avalanche

So what are we going through now
Each one a grain of falling sand
Each one a grain of falling sand

Watching it happen
Letting the world know
When it comes crashing
Not gonna let it show

So how are we gonna live now
Imagining another land
Imagining another land

So how are we gonna give now
When all we have are broken hands
When all we have are broken hands

Watching it happen
Letting the world know
When it comes crashing
Not gonna let it show

No doubt there must be a way out
From underneath the avalanche
From underneath the avalanche

No doubt the bird’s on its way now
And in its beak the olive branch
And in its beak the olive branch

Watching it happen
Letting the world know
When it comes crashing
Not gonna let it show

Watching it happen
Letting the world know
When it comes crashing
Not gonna let it show

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