The Backline is a Carlow based collective which has provided proof that when creative people collaborate anything is possible. It has produced a collection of songs featuring talent of all ages, styles and experience, produced by local musicians, recorded, mixed and mastered by locally based professionals and forms a part of an ongoing project that will see the project across various media.
Justin Kelly will be the first to say that this is a collaborative approach but he has been my point of contact and he arranged for me to speak to a number of the people involved. I caught up with Justin, Dave Ayers, Áine Parkes, Sam Weaver, and Tomás Jackman who gave a sense of how their parts fit together to produce this album.
We could have talked for hours; their affection was immediately apparent and even though they had never met in person, you get a sense of how this project came to be.
The full playlist is below:
|Stone in Your Shoe||Paul McManus|
|You’ll Never Wander More||Carmel Day|
|Tourist Town||David O’Reilly|
|The Letter||Shane Sullivan|
|Lost at Sea||Aine Parkes|
|Celtic Blood||Aaron Smith|
|Song of the Curlew||Nuala Kelly|
|The Ballad of Dan Quigley||Tomás Jackman|
|Demons Aglow||Justin & Cian Kelly|
|An Irish Girl/Long John’s Reel||Ray Weaver|
|The Call of Ireland||Woody Kane|
|Put the Kettle on (Mammy)||James Brady|
|Ar Shiuil Leis na Sioga||Sylvia Knox|
|A Good Seat in Heaven||Paschal Walsh|
|Cinn Mhara||Dave Woods|