Sean Feeny's NORTHERN SOUL is a charity CD blending the sounds of motown and soul with the distinct strains of traditional Irish music.
To celebrate St. Patrick's Weekend I thought why not introduce you to this unique and fascinating mixture of Irish and American music styles. And into the bargain, Sean has provided four copies of his wonderful album as prizes for four lucky readers of Irish American Mom.
On this album 'Soul Man' meets the uilleann pipes. The fiddle features on 'Reach Out I’ll Be There'. The ukulele seems to be asking 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?'. These carefully chosen tracks are a unique take on some old classics. Sean describes this album as "The Commitments meets The Chieftans".
"Sean Feeny's NORTHERN SOUL is a brave and beautiful collection of classic soul songs
re-interpreted by a new and fresh soul singer.
What a breath of fresh Donegal Air in every heartfelt note!"
- Brian Kennedy
A Donegal man, Sean spent three years planning and developing Northern Soul, his first solo album.
In his early twenties Seán toured with bands such as Westlife and Irish Country star Derek Ryan, and his former band D-Side, but now he is taking center stage to bring his musical vision to the world.
Musicians and singers from all over Donegal shared their talents to record this charity album. Fiddlers, piano accordionists, flautists, tin whistle, mandolin, banjo and ukulele players all joined forces to recreate beautiful, heartfelt renditions of some old favorites. Sean said:
“I am very privileged to have so many wonderful singers and musicians,
whom I am honoured to call friends, featuring on this album.
Without their generosity and willingness to help this album
would never have been possible and wouldn’t have turned out the way it did.”
I have listened to this album many times, and love to sing-along when I'm driving. My voice is so bad, I'm banned from singing to it when the kids are in the car.
This CD is raising funds for GROW Mental Health Movement and the North West Simon Community. Five years ago Seán was part of the first annual Letterkenny Street Sleep, increasing his awareness of the plight of homeless people throughout Ireland and the world. This eye-opening experience led him to choose the North West Simon Community charity as one of those to benefit from sales of Northern Soul.
The aim of the Simon Community is to ensure people keep their homes, by providing a listening ear, practical supports, information and advocacy.
Grow is a National Mental Health Organisation that provides an opportuinity for growth and personal development for people with mental health problems, and also for people who may be having difficulty coping with life's challenges.
How To Buy The Album:
Northern Soul is only 10 euro. The album is available at Books & Charts, Dungloe, Leo's Tavern, Meenaleck, Crolly or An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny. It is also available by mail order. For queries email: [email protected]
Thank you to Sean for his generosity, and concern for others. I wish him every success for a long and enduring career as a talented musician.
Sean Feeny's Northern Soul is also featured on Facebook.
Four lucky winners will receive a copy of the CD Northern Soul by Sean Feeny.
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Tuesday, March 18th, 2013. Any comment will do but if you need inspiration why not tell us what type of music you enjoy, or what type of music would be a good blend with Irish traditional music.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published or shared, just used to contact our lucky contestants.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday March 18th, so I can get the winners’ prizes in the mail.
Thanks to everyone who enters and supports our giveaway. I look forward to reading your comments.
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Irish American Mom
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