SINGER-SONGWRITER Tony Reidy.
Westport singer-songwriter Tony Reidy is releasing a new CD – ‘Back on the Farm’ – in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar this Thursday, March 10, at 8pm. The title track was written during the early days of lockdown, which Tony found to be a time of reflection and retrospection.
Nowhere is where we’re going
The cup is overflowing
Those fences have been mended that were broken
Back here on the farm.
These are songs of hope, regret and gratitude. Reidy evokes both the beauty and pathos of growing up in the West of Ireland in the 1950s and ‘60s with his unique voice. Among the vivid cast of characters who populate the album are Paddy, who’s looking rough today, and a traveller boy singing The Rocks of Bawn. St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, also gets a nod.
The song ‘Rosie’ draws a tender picture of a young boy meeting a neighbour woman on the way home from school. Rosie jokes with the boy, “How many slaps did you get today?”. This gentle childhood encounter is tinged with hints of the darkness of the times. “The times could have been much better.”
‘Stick to the Books’, a nostalgic, humorous look at teenage life in 1966, is a gem.
The album is above all a paean to music. ‘Leave Room in your Heart for a Lovesong’, ‘The Stack of Barley’, ‘Sunday Morning Whiskey Song’, ‘Saint Cecilia’ and ‘The Songs Live On’ all pay respect to the enduring power of music.
Seamie O’Dowd accompanies Tony on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, keyboard and percussion. Kevin Burke plays fiddle on ‘The Stack of Barley’.
The album cover is from an original portrait of Tony painted by Westport artist Jimmy Lawlor.
The CD will be available for purchase at Thursday’s launch, on tonyreidy.bandcamp.com and in Duffy’s and Mcloughlin’s bookshops in Westport.