Galway folk artist Alain McFadden of Ye Vagabonds has released Rising, the first song from his debut solo EP, Painted Glass, which is released next March under the moniker All The Brave Hunters. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Speaking about the new track, he says, "Rising was inspired by the idea that within every heart, there was a painted glass window, that you can look through but never fully know its warmth within.
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"Reflecting through the glass at the darkening days of winter and by sinking into the darkness, we lift ourselves up and grow into the light."
The accompanying video was shot in Engelberg in Switzerland and was directed, filmed and edited by Finn McFadden.
Recorded in the hills of West Cork and inner-city Dublin, Alain collaborated with producer and colleague Brían Mac Gloinn (vocals, bouzouki, harmonium, fiddle) of Ye Vagabonds, Elva Carroll (vocals), and Nick Rayner (who previous work includes records by Ye Vagabonds, Talos, Saint Sister, Anna Mieke) to bring his five-track EP to life.
All The Brave Hunters play 18 November - Tinahely, Courthouse Arts Centre, 19 November - Ballincollig, The White Horse, 27 November - Bangor Seafront, The Courthouse.
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
I studied Permaculture and Sustainable horticulture and like to spend time in the garden when I am home. I love to cook, especially for others. I am a massive Science fiction, Fantasy and history enthusiast.
How would you describe your music?
I guess it contains certain elements found within folk, Indie, and traditional music. Musically, for this EP, I like records that sound like all the musicians are playing in a warm room together and so that is tonally how this music feels to me. I like to try to paint pictures of the seasons and try to convey a relatable, emotional experience that I felt there.
Who are your musical inspirations?
At the moment, I am actually inspired the most by the work of my peers around me. The quality, support and hard work from the artists here at home and the new albums that are coming out are just constantly raising the bar. Artists like Anna Mieke, Aoife Nessa Frances, Joshua Burnside, Lemoncello, Ye Vagabonds, Junior Brother, Lankum, Myles O'Reilly, to name a few. One of my favourite groups at the moment is actually Crash Ensemble, an incredible New Music contemporary orchestra led by Artistic Director Kate Ellis and Principal Conductor Ryan McAdams. I think they are playing some of the most adventurous, ground-breaking music of today that constantly blows my mind.
What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?
The first big gig I ever went to was actually Bob Dylan at Pearse Stadium in Galway, Gary Moore was doing the support too! The first CD I ever bought was a funny one, my brother took me into Zhivago on Shop street and was like '’Now you're gonna buy your first single’’ So I just took the first one off the shelf which happened to be a single from Pink.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Twin by Anna Mieke.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in" - Leonard Cohen.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Where can people find your music/more information?
My new single Rising is only on Bandcamp and YouTube at the moment but in a few days, it’ll be up wherever you listen to your music.