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Songs from an Outpost

by Charlie O' Brien

This album occupies a quiet, not-so-trodden region, coming from the world of Irish trad. and folk music yet subtly pushing the creative boundaries of that space. It contains 8 original songs in English and 3 traditional Gaelic songs, sensitively arranged.
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To the Open Sea
Charlie O'Brien
4:05 $0.99
2. Cad é Sin?
Charlie O'Brien
4:25 $0.99
3. Tired of Being Alone
Charlie O'Brien
3:48 $0.99
4. Calle de las Ursulas
Charlie O'Brien
3:09 $0.99
5. A Ghost Upon the Trail
Charlie O'Brien
5:05 $0.99
6. The Streets of Galway
Charlie O'Brien
5:16 $0.99
7. Cuan bhéil Inse
Charlie O'Brien
4:07 $0.99
8. Pa' los del San Patricio
Charlie O'Brien
4:21 $0.99
9. Ned Kelly (Born in chains)
Charlie O'Brien
6:05 $0.99
10. Song from an Outpost
Charlie O'Brien
4:38 $0.99
11. Níl na Lá
Charlie O'Brien
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Charlie O’ Brien’s music is a heartfelt look at the world through the Irish folk/trad. idiom which touches on some unexpected ground along the way. His music makes use of both English- and Gaelic-speaking schools of thought and is influenced by the Spanish world, among others. Hailing from Killarney in the County of Kerry, he has spent 3 of the last 7 years in Spain which has lightly coloured his musical style. This influence is most obviously felt in the Baroque-tinged Spanish piece "Calle de Las Ursulas" on Songs from an Outpost. He has worked with many musicians from varied backrounds, from young accordian player Steven Carroll of Sliabh Luachra to fiddle player Colin Farrell of Grada and Israeli piano accordian player Emmanuel Mann. His debut album is an amalgam of all these varied influnces.



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Marie Easton

and then he pulls out a banjo
I was in Ireland this summer and met Charlie in Dingle. We went to a John Spillane concert and afterward the people at the bar started playing. We sat there over an hour and then Charlie is handed the banjo and he belts out Cad e Sin from the bottom of his lungs. I was dumbfounded, I had no idea this modest polite fellow from Killarney had that in him. He graciously gave me one of his CD's and listening to it makes me long to be back in Ireland. His music captures what I can only describe as the soul of Ireland. The music is deep and has a profoundness and a sweet sadness to it. I listen to it when I'm in a reflective mood and also when I miss Ireland. Charlie, dont stop sharing your gift.

Nacho Álvarez

Songs from heaven
Después de leer los comentarios que han escrito sobre la música y la persona que es éste autor queda poco por añadir sobre sus características.
¿cuáles son mis sensaciones cuando escucho su música?
después de analizarlo detenidamente una paz interior recorre mi cuerpo como un rayo fulminante y me deja sin posibilidad de alterarme, abondono el materialismo y me sumerjo en una ola de intensas vibraciones positivas, soy capaz de ver magníficos paisajes en los que seguro se ha inspirado y me emociono al ver cuánto crezco interiormente cada vez que escucho y reescucho éste disco. Puedo verlo en el brillo de los ojos de mis familiares pero creo que no es necesario decir nada más.
Ésta música es una maravilla y animo a todo el mundo a probar a escucharla y a decidir si es (o no) una gran oportunidad de que la mente viaje por el mundo y fusione culturas.
Sólo me queda dar las gracias al autor por los buenos momentos que me han hecho pasar éstas canciones. No lo olvidaré facilmente...
Please, continue playing and innovating!!

Susan Clifton

Charlie is musician/poet/historian/linguist
I really love this album for its depth and breadth. It is beautiful and
intimate, and informative and astonishing and calls up the full range of
emotions. The instrumentation is interesting in its combinations of classic
Irish banjo, fiddles, pipes and the fine deep bodhran, and the addition of
accordions, Nashville guitar, and trumpet to mention only a few. Charlie
O'Brien has a beautiful voice that I find comforting. Even the songs in
Gaelic, a language I do not know, are a salve and a joy. Besides being an
accomplished musician on several stringed instruments, Charlie is a poet, a
linguist and a historian. He tells us a story about our war on Mexico well
known in Ireland but ignored in the U.S., and a sad story about an Irish
outlaw in Australia. The love songs are timeless, and the title song of the
album reminds us to carry on. "I don't seem like a soldier, though that's
what I am." The revolution continues!