A Death in the Family

Hi there…  I Just wanted to say a few words to introduce my new single ‘A Death in the Family’. It’s out October 28th and is a little teaser for the album I’ve been working on, which should be released early next year.
I wrote the song earlier this year after a member of my partner’s family passed away. Lyrically it’s basically just a description of how events transpired. Little observations on how the family dealt with their loss, and how Philamena Hyland was farewelled. I feel a little conflicted about trivializing the event into a song but offer it up as a tribute to her and her family. The love and closeness of the family that I witnessed will stay with me forever.
I’m also aware that the Ballarat community recently lost someone who was a dear friend and mentor, the late Patrick O’Driscoll. I hope the timing of this song’s release doesn’t feel ill timed in that regard. In a recent conversation with my friend Dan, he remarked that it felt very strange that no musician in Ballarat would ever get to show Paddy any of their new songs again. Paddy was that kind of person to so many. The person who you wanted to show your new music to, to try to impress him, to get his feedback. To hear him say ‘the boy goes alright!’ His opinion and respect was so highly valued by everyone who knew him. Myself included. I hope that he can hear this new song wherever he is. If only to have a chuckle at my attempts to play the banjo.
R.I.P Paddy and Phil x

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