Swimming the Horses
Singer songwriter Gerry O’Beirne performs a new collection of songs and guitar pieces written in Dingle in West Kerry where he lives. He plays 6 and 12 string guitars, slide guitar, ukuleles, tiple, U-Bass, 5-string banjo and National steel guitar.
Swimming The Horses is a collection of new songs and music written in West Kerry and recorded in an old cottage in Dún Síon near Dingle where Gerry O'Beirne lives. The title track refers to his time living by a pier where horse trainers would bring horses to exercise them in the sea. The Last King Of Feothanach is about a local who wandered about the wild West Kerry coast, a man who couldn't speak in a way that people could understand and who Gerry got to know while living there. All Down The Day is about life in London where he spent a couple of years in his youth. The Lights of San Francisco is about an emigrant to California where he lived for a time, and Where Foxglove looks back on years spent playing music in Ireland. The Old Coastal is a love song played on National Steel guitar. Marbhna Luimnigh is a solo guitar piece on National Steel guitar and is the only traditional Irish music on the album. It is perhaps the most beautiful and majestic tune in Irish music. Golden Hair is a setting of James Joyce's poem Lean Out Of The Window and finishes with an outro of abandon. Dún Síon is another original tune on the National guitar, as gaunt and lonely as the place itself. Night In Ventry is a solo ukulele piece. The album concludes with The Banyan Guitar, about the solace of music and friendship. There are some great guest singers singing along: Pauline Scanlon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Teresa Horgan, Seamus Begley and others, and Rod McVey plays Hammond organ on two tracks. Gerry plays 6 and 12 string guitars, slide guitar, ukuleles, tiple, U-Bass, 5-string banjo and National steel guitar.