Annie (Many Moons Ago)
This has all happened a bit quickly; so apart from saying this new single from Matt McGinn is absolutely lovely, I will leave it to him to tell you the background ……….
Matt; “In November 2019 I was asked by Anthony Toner to join himself, Ciara O’Neill & John McCullough for a lovely evening of music. The theme of the evening was the Moon. With some help from friends and family, I picked out some lovely songs, Moonlight in Vermont, Grapefruit Moon and Werewolves of London. I was annoyed, though, that no matter how much I searched through my back catalogue, I had nothing that I could sing that would relate in the slightest…even at a serious stretch. So I sat down on the morning of the concert to write one. I sat sweating for around four hours looking at a blank page until suddenly it came and flowed out onto the page in around fifteen minutes. How? I’m not sure, but I’m glad I waited for it.
I started recording it in lock-down, building up the track with the intention of getting a rough demo that I could bring into a better equipped studio than mine, with better musicians than me. But as the track built, I started to get attached to everything I had built. But it did need something that I couldn’t provide. I contacted the incredibly talented and lovely couple, Niamh Dunne and Sean Og Graham who had I seen handle a very successful album release under lockdown with their band Beoga. (Brilliant album by the way). Sean and Niamh worked their magic in putting down wonderful accordion and fiddle parts. They weaved their way around my harmonies to create a world for the song that I could not have imagined. The last step was to send it to the Isle of Wight where my long time go-to double bass maestro, Jon Thorne glued the whole thing together.
Today Bandcamp have wavered their commission and the song is on sale today for one day only before it heads to Spotify next month. As I write this, the support of you all is quite astounding. The sales would equal around 200,000 Spotify plays, or in layman’s terms, a day’s pay.
Now it will take a few days pay to cover costs and show profit, but even even more importantly, I’m feeling the love. Love for me, my music, this song and even a new larger appreciation for music and artists worldwide. It feels like a movement that has begun. A movement by a lot of people, each making a small change. It’s a very powerful thing. I feel it today and it gives me hope. And for that, most of all, I thank you.”
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