The debut album from Mick Blake is now available for pre-order.
This is an album of ten songs written over 5 years, recorded and produced by Ray Duffy in the Glen’s Centre, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim.
The songs are mainly inspired by events in post-celtic tiger Ireland. I have always tried to get a message across in every song I write – I take the approach that if some-one chooses to give up a few minutes to listen to your work, give them something to think about. I immerse myself in the subject matter of a song once the inital idea occurs to me – because of this, many of the songs took several months to write, often with an elusive word or phrase eventually falling into place when I least expect it.
When I began writing them, I had no idea that the rough recordings and accompanying videos thrown together in my spare bedroom would meet with such a response, with several million views on social media. I have finally gotten around to get them recorded professionally, and I’m delighted with the results.
Christy Moore (who recorded “Oblivious” for his 2016 album “Lily”) has written the sleeve notes, and photographer Kim Haughton has given me permission to use her iconic photograph for the cd cover.
I’d like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement over the past few years, and for sharing my songs on social media.
The track listing is as follows –
Another Child, Another War
The Rich Man’s Feast
Sean MacDiarmada (The Pride of Corranmore)
Leitrim (A brief history)
The album is due for release on March 1st