Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Repost: Album Review - Michael Brunnock - The Orchard


[I'm reposting this album review I wrote in January of Michael Brunnock's third album 'The Orchard' because the official Irish release is tomorrow with a launch in Dublin's Odessa Club.]

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The Orchard is Michael Brunnock's second album and is set to be released in February. The Orchard is an album of great depth, strong big themes, amazing vocals and most importantly it is a collection of wonderfully crafted songs. 


I've been very fortunate to be in the company of Michael's album since November and it was the soundtrack of my Christmas together with Marc O'Reilly's debut and the Jukebox Gypsy live album. The thirteen songs are immense deep and often personal songs. The themes within the songs concern change, new beginnings, hope, love, companionship, fairytales, circle of life etc. This is a serious album of great and powerful songs that work! It proves to me what a powerful healer or meditative tool a great collection of songs can be.

There's a long list of collaborators on the album. Glen Hansard provides effective backing vocals on the title track and in particular Glen's and Michael's vocals sound amazing on 'Untouchable'. Other contributors include Blues singer Moe Holmes on Sensation, Ari Hest on guitar, piano and backing vocal duties on a number of tracks and Lir's David Hopkins providing piano on many of the tracks. The lead single from the album 'Every Step' is gentle folk song full of positive messages and consists of backing vocals from blog favourite Mark Dignam.

   Every step by MichaelBrunnock

Every song on 'The Orchard' in their own right is meaningful and special. There are three songs that stand out slightly above the rest. These are 'Man Overboard', 'Untouchable' and 'Sensation' but I can write about any of the songs with enthusiasm and praise. It's the melodies and the refraining powerful lyrics that relate to me. On 'Sensation' when Moe Holmes begins singing
        "All your love comes on strong, when I need it"  it simply gets to me. I feel the lyrics and the songs lingers within me. I love it when great songs do that and most of this album does this!

Michael Brunnock - The Orchard [12 out of 12]

   The Orchard by MichaelBrunnock



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Tour Dates

Thursday 9th of August, Odessa, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2

Sunday 12th of August, The Spirit Store, George's Quay, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Monday 13th of August, Limerick House Concert

Friday 24th of August, John Daly's, 2 Oliver Plunkett St, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 9.30pm

Saturday 25th & 26th of August, London House Concerts

Thursday 30th of August, The Hole In The Wall, 17 High Street, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

Monday 3rd of September, Jack's, Rockfield Road, Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland
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