james donal faulkner | Tired of This Exile

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Tired of This Exile

by james donal faulkner

Just as if he were over in the musicians' corner of your favorite quiet pub, James Donal Faulkner's deep voice echoes with the stories and emotions of an eclectic mix of Irish, British, Quebecois, and original ballads and songs.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tha Mi Sgith Dhe'n Fhogar Seo (I Am Tired Of This Exile)
4:14 album only
2. Jock Stewart
4:22 album only
3. La Manic
3:39 album only
4. The Great Train Robbery
4:24 album only
5. The Parting Glass
2:08 album only
6. The Playboy's Lament
3:15 album only
7. Singing Close to the People
3:07 album only
8. Le Petit Marcelot
9:36 album only
9. The Dalesman's Litany
3:57 album only
10. Gallawater
4:22 album only
11. Descendant la Rivière
4:31 album only
12. The Emigrant
3:44 album only
13. Carlos
3:14 album only
14. The Dark Slender Boy (An Buachaill Caol Dubh)
2:42 album only
15. A Few More Songs
3:45 album only
16. The Unbroadcastable Song
2:32 album only


Album Notes
james donal faulkner grew up in a mixed Anglo-Saxon/Celtic environment in northern England and was fortunate to get a faint echo of the old Gaelic world from his education with the Irish Christian Brothers. (He has dual British and Irish nationality). Gregorian chant in Latin constituted the bulk of his musical education as a child. Partly because of this, plus the fact that he grew up in a media-(and heat-) free home, he largely escaped pop music as a teenager. Instead, he frequented the revival folk clubs, legion at the time in the pubs of the north of England. That fertile environment provided his first opportunity to learn and sing traditional music. After a brief break to pick up a degree in geography, he took to singing on the streets of Paris with another Christian Brothers product, poet and army dropout Paul Wright.

Ever since those days, James has been living at the frontier between two (or more) cultures. His guitar style is very much the English troubadour style, but with strong influences ranging from cave-dwelling gypsies in Andalusia to excessive quantities of Guinness in Ireland (which accounts for his unusual tremolo). James refers to his unique guitar style as "flamenco britannico".

Although he has played at traditional music festivals throughout Europe and was a professional musician with the Gaelic-language theater company Fir Chlis in the Scottish Hebrides in the 70s, most of his music has been played outside the concert environment. He is almost always found in unpublicized sessions and gatherings of musicians surrounded by an audience for whom the music is a part of daily life, not something packaged neatly in plastic or droning ignored from a radio in the background.

When he does come up from the musical underground, his activities are not limited solely to playing music. James has written and published poetry - among other things about the uilleann pipes, which he plays. He has written a book, A Piper in Brazil, describing his hilarious (and sometimes terrifying) adventures with that instrument in Brazil. Parts of this are being serialized in the Pipers' Review.

He is currently based in Barcelona, where he continues play in clubs, pubs, and sessions, and indeed anywhere there's a guitar to be strung and a song to be sung.

Tired of This Exile is a part of the rich harvest from James Faulkner's musical wanderings along and across the frontiers of Europe and North America. It features songs from his youth in the north of England, Gaelic songs from his lengthy sojourns in the west of Scotland and Ireland, and French-language songs picked up as a graduate student in Quebec.

Tired of this Exile is a truly international effort. Recorded in Switzerland, its appearance in the United States is due to a lucky meeting between James and Bedlam House's Bill Sutton during an Irish seisíun in a pub in Grenoble.

Unabashedly poetic from wistful memory to conditional commentary, Tired of This Exile reflects the unique perspective of an international wanderer. Traditional and modern folk songs are combined with original works in a compilation that changes languages as smoothly as it changes moods.



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Highly recommend.
For anyone who loves traditional folk music done beautifully with voice and instrumental accomplishment, I highly recommend "Tired of This Exile" by James Donal Faulkner.


Great stuff!
Great music, both instrumental and solo and a great choice of songs covering some well known favourites as well as lesser known gems. Definitely one for the collection!

martine (France)

I use it to have a nice melody to hum. Abondant choice to fit with the day mood and even if it's bad it will improve

Eric D. (France)

I'm sitting at my desk, facing my computer. Listening to your CD. Feel like a fish, surrounded by these windows. Listening to your CD. Can see the tops of some green leafy trees. Would even hear the singings of the small birds outside, if there weren’t these windows. Listening to your CD. The aquarium is even too big for me, too white, too light, much too urban. Too Parisian. Listening to your CD. I’m not tired of my exile yet. Want to go on travelling the world, fly away. But fishes commonly have no wings. And I stay here inside my aquarium. Comfortably fed by their well-meaning hands. Listening to your CD. Get some inspiration but can’t write it down right now. Need a better surrounding. We’ll see. So I just stay here, listening to your CD. And go back to work.