Mike O’Donoghue – Gone America

CD Review: Mike O’Donoghue – Gone America

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International

Label: Amazing Records

Published by Choo-Choo Seven

 

Black 47

Eirè Goodbye

Tale Of A Tar

Gone America

Harbor Of Broken Dreams

Have A Drink On Me

Dancing On Wheels

New Horizon

Homesick

My Girl

Eirè Goodbye – Recapitulation

Carrickfergus (Trad.)

Annie’s Song (John Denver)

 

This CD tells the story of a young man and his girl and the aftermath of the potato famine between 1845 and 1849 which killed a million Irish people. On the run from hunger, death and illness, the young man travels to America (tracks 1-4) and hopes for a better life there. But reality catches up with him there too, only hunger, no work and crime (tracks 5 and 6). But at last he finds a way, can work his way up, settle down (Track 7-9) and longingly writes his girl (Track 10). However – too late (track 11). Despair and disappointment are ultimately followed by new luck (track 13).

 

With the exception of No. 12 (traditional) and No. 13 (John Denver), all titles were written by Mike O’Donoghue, No. 2, 3, 8, 10 and 11 were Katja Clajus and No. 7 Allan Frank. Guitar, bass and vocals by Mike O’Donoghue, plus: Ron Gardner (percussion, bodhran, flute, banjo, fiddle, drums, harp, piano), Jochen Steis (accordion), Bill Knopf (banjo), and a very feminine singularly beautiful voice is also on board: Sue Blind.

 

Mike currently lives in Northern Germany. He has been musically active since he was 11 years old. After taking guitar and singing lessons, he founded the nationally successful Irish folk band O’Donoghue’s Inn in 1980 and has lived exclusively from music since 1990. He enjoys working with well-known artists such as Mark Merritt, Roland Brauer and Ron Gardner.

 

Mike worked on this CD for 3 years and I can only say it was worth it. I don’t really understand why the last track (Annie’s song) was recorded as a live recording with an audience. I think that is bothersome. But still, sit down, put on your headphones, close your eyes and prepare a handkerchief for track 11. I cried. A wonderful record.

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