Come Gather All
Mickey Joe Harte / Paul Brady / John Condron
To celebrate the year of The Gathering, the Donegal Gathering and Earagail Arts Festival have teamed up to commission a new signature tune by some of Ireland’s well loved artists that reaches beyond its birthplace in Donegal. Written and produced collaboratively by Donegal native Mickey Joe Harte, Strabane’s global folk star Paul Brady and North American musician and producer John Condron.
With its inspiration and soul drawn from the composers’ and performers’ sense of their home place and nurtured with the support of many people in the community, Come Gather All was recorded in the hills of Donegal and thus has a unique Donegal flavour to it.
Commenting on the recording, the driving force of the project, Mickey Joe Harte said,
“There was a little bit of magic in the air, and a fair wind filled the sails during the recording of “COME GATHER ALL” considering most of the artists had never worked together as a unit, it seemed that in studio there was a common understanding and determination to do what was best for the song. That energy and cohesiveness from everyone involved can be enjoyed for all now. You can here these contributions all over the recording.. And to help you pick them out here’s some names you might recognise and some you might not… YET!! The Henry girls ( Karen, Lorna and Joleen Mc Laughlin), Pat Gallagher ( Goats Don’t shave), Declan & Kieran Mc Clafferty (In Their Thousands) Martin Tourish, Paul Tully, Gary Porter and Rory Gallagher.”
About the ethos of the song he added,
“ Being Irish was always something that brought mixed emotions to me as a kid growing up in the turbulent, sometimes confused and troubled climate that was Lifford, a town that borders Northern Ireland. However, it was by no means all bad, and mostly good, and there were many invisible support networks in the small community that made life in the most part interesting, enjoyable and definitely colourful. Thankfully these networks are characteristic of the Irish landscape at large, no matter what side of the divide you happen to fall on.”
That divide is thankfully closing and this is in no small part down to the effort of local communities on both sides of the border. These communities have inadvertently helped to shape this new song and as one of the writers and producers, I hope the sentiment will ring true across all divides. This is our way of saying that we are collectively proud of all the good things that being Irish means. This song and the “gathering” of performers was an opportunity to come together and offer something that is true to us and where we come from – and something we are proud to be part of.”
Paddy Harte, Chairman of The Donegal Gathering steering group, commented “This song has at its heart an inclusiveness which reaches out to everyone who feels a connection with Donegal and to those who embrace their Irish identity across the globe. This has been very much a team effort culminating in the final recording in Termon. It has enjoyed generous support from the Riverine Project, the Earagail Arts Festival, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Donegal Gathering as well as a range of local businesses from across the county including The Bank Bistro in Dungloe, the Mount Errigal Hotel and Arena 7 in Letterkenny, who all provided sponsorship. This is Donegal at its very best, working together to better our home-place and to encourage all of us to stay connected at home and beyond as part of the larger Irish Diaspora.”
Paul Brown, Festival Director with the Earagail Arts Festival added “There could be no more fitting homage to the 25th anniversary of the Earagail Arts Festival, than through the medium of a new music commission by some of Ireland’s most established musicians and one that features so much emerging Donegal musical talent. It’s a fantastic piece of music with significant international appeal and a song that connects with all Irish people at home and abroad, whether in the home of Donegal native or the workplace of our Irish diaspora – wherever they are in the world. Recorded in the heart of Donegal at the incredible Attica Audio in Termon “Come Gather All” will be a celebration of the culture and heritage of Ireland to the world.”
“Come Gather All” will and available to listen to via www.donegalgathering.com and www.eaf.ie and from Friday 5th April 2013. Listen out to the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio from 12 noon on Friday 5th April 2013 to hear exclusive news and the first public airing of the new song.
For more information visit on the Earagail Arts Festival 25th anniversary programme , the Donegal Gathering and the national year of The Gathering visit
The Earagail Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and
Donegal County Council and presented in association with Fáilte Ireland.
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Here’s what Mickey has to say about “Practical…”
Sometimes songs burn so hot they tend to shelve themselves in a cooling zone and re-emerge when they are ready and not the writer. This happened to this song. A few years back I was asked to do a charity gig in New York so I and thirteen other musicians and performers headed for the transatlantic gateway of Shannon Airport. As we gathered and awaited our journey, myself and the band armed with our cups of tea, we sat and relaxed. I was trying to write about commitment and the transition from liking to loving and being “Practically in Love .” I had my working title and bullet points and let the ol’ pencil flow. We were called to check-in. We approached Emigration and some of our papers were not in order. I explained our case but even after all that, our official signed the papers:
“REFUSAL TO FLY “. To me… not “PRACTICAL.”
We all licked our wounds and decided to head to the studio to do some recording and this song bounced off everybody.
This song makes my play list in The States and here all the time and is asked for constantly. When our papers were refused our emigration officer signed them with the initials… “JD.”
Yes “JD STOLE MY WINGS.” Funny in America those famous initials conjure up another meaning and relationship to a Tennessee liquor. Some believe that was the real reason we didn’t get to fly! A strong smell of the strong stuff! Not so…but who am I to correct my listeners!
Hope you enjoy this single off my new album “Forward To Reality.” Thanks for the continued support. Mj
We’re very pleased that Podcast.ie has featured Mickey as part of their first broadcast in October.
Now three years in existence, Podcast. ie is a free audio podcasting site featuring exclusive interviews with and performances by Irish writers of Poetry, Prose and Music as well as Irish culture and heritage including Myths and Legends and People and places. You can find it at: http://www.podcasts.ie/
Mickey appears in Showcase #28. It can be found here:
There is also a Mickey Harte page on Podcast.ie. It can be found here:
A special thanks to Jho Harris for making this all possible. We hope you enjoy Podcast.ie!
Seven long years!! Of blood, sweat and tears….
Not to point out the obvious, but… today is the 1st day of sept 2012 and that’s more or less 7 years since my last full length album release. So it’s with great excitement, anticipation and a fair amount of fear that my new album comes out in just two weeks time… September 14th.
“FORWARD TO REALITY” is an acoustic-sounding album of 13 songs that mean a lot to me. Songs about where I am from. Songs about the people I have met along the way. No bells, no whistles just clever minimalistic production for the most part. But gutsy and direct when it needs to be.
Produced by John Condron and recorded in Chicago IL, USA. Featuring local Chicago-based musicians and engineers.
I could go on about it for ages but I’m not sure I’d do it justice and the fact is I’m not someone who’s used to writing press releases or biogs or even blogs. So if your interested in seeing and hearing some more, have a look on the website: mickeyhartemusic.com. Or come to a gig if you can!
Thanks to all who made this possible, toooooo many to mention in this short space!
Released on Swerve music, through Beaumex distribution:
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For all you folk in the business, you can contact us by emailing:
Shea Mc Nelis : firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Johnson: email@example.com (USA)
God Bless and Slainte! Mj
(Mickey Joe Harte)
Mickey and John will be performing at IOTA Club, Monday 2nd July. IOTA is one of the premier listening venues in the Mid-Atlantic Region of The States.
For 16 years, food and music have made a harmonious match for Jane Negrey Inge and her brother, Stephen Negrey. Divided between club and cafe sides, IOTA Club & Cafe is well-known as both a bar and a music venue. The intimate, twenty-one plus club is a popular venue for indie bands and also hosts open mic nights and poetry readings.
IOTA Club & Cafe is a nightly live music venue and a daily daytime cafe/lounge.
From the Washington Post:
What we love: The laid-back vibe. Of all the clubs on our list, IOTA is the one where it’s easiest to feel like you’re just “hanging out.” The brick walls, dim lights and low stage make it seem like less of a concert venue and more like an old-fashioned juke joint.
Monday, 2nd July. 830pm.
Chicago producer/singer/songwriter John Condron is joined by Mickey Harte LIVE 7 to 10pm EDT, FRIDAY, 29th June on the Toil Rock Radio program hosted by C.M. Carroll of Toil Inc. The program is part of the Gashouse Radio network, Philadelphia’s largest online radio network.
Toil Rock Radio is the creation of Toil Inc., founded by musical entrepreneur C.M. Carroll. Toil Inc. is the Independent source for music in Philadelphia. Toil is an Indie company with major label distribution. Labels include Toil Records & Philly Jam Records. Toil Records is dedicated to finding, developing and distributing new and emerging artists and bringing them to the World Stage. Toil Inc. is changing the way music is distributed to the world.
As for the back story, John Condron and C.M. Carroll have a friendship stretching back to the origins of their music industry careers back in Philadelphia. John’s originally from Philly! So, with John and Mickey touring through The City of Brotherly Love, a ‘friendly’ call resulted in this exciting opportunity.
As this is an online presentation, you’ll all be able to both listen AND watch. Note for the Ireland audience, the program starts at MIDNITE!
So tune in and hear and WATCH all the great music and interviews!
Phone lines will be open at 1-888-9-gashouse press the #6 or dial directly in the Philly area at 215-742-8400
This is going to be a great night of live music!
A special Friday night Toil Rock Radio! www.toilinc.com
Mickey’s off to The States soon for what’s expected to be an amazing trip. There are some very special venues and places along the way. And for those who aren’t able to join in person, we thought you might enjoy a peek at where he and John Condron will be appearing.
Over the next week, we’ll introduce you to some of the best acoustic listening venues in America. Stop #1 is Boston, Massachusetts… Mr. Dooley’s Pub.
Nestled in the heart of the financial district, Mr. Dooley’s is a haven of straight talking, down to earth hospitality. Mr Dooley’s opened its door in 1991 and since then has become the place to meet for “A pint and a chat” in downtown Boston.
As one critic quipped, “It is so hard to find a truly authentic Irish pub but Mr. Dooley’s pub in Boston is by far the most authentic and friendly Irish pub in America. You will not find better service, food, Guinness or live music anywhere.” And as one Dooley’s bartender put it “ If ye want a theme park go to Disney, if ye want a pint come to Dooley’s !”
Over the years, Mr. Dooley’s has built a reputation as the Boston ‘temporary residence’ of touring Irish musical artists. A long list of notables call Dooley’s ‘home,’ most recently Finbar Furey who performed earlier this month.
Mr. Dooley’s is a totally welcoming and inviting spot, quite often inspiring amazing musical performances and joyous experiences. It is indeed a very special place.
Mickey Harte (with John Condron)
Thursday, 28th June, 2012
Mr. Dooley’s Irish Pub, Boston, MA
Mickey Joe here… just to say hello and thanks for all your support with the most recent release of “Bring it On! Bring it On!” by The SUBZTITUTES (AKA Paul Brady and yours truly).
“Bring it On! Bring it On!” is something that came out of nothing really. Just a little conversation and a few lines in an email… and the rest is history. It’s available on iTunes to download.
And well done to Trap, Shay, and the rest of the Irish squad for giving us something to believe in again!
Following on from that, I’m pleased to announce tour dates/venues for USA Summer Tour starting at the end of this month. We start in Boston, as we promised. Some of you will remember we were forced to cancel the February gig there due to airport closure in Chicago, because of a storm that never did arrive. Which made it all the worse!!! Anyhow, with the help of the good Lord we will be there on the 27th of this month… all tour dates below.
I will be gigging in and around Ireland after I get back from The States for the rest of the summer. More IMPORTANTLY, we’ll release the NEW ALBUM SEPT 14TH “Forward to Reality”, here in Ireland with an extensive tour of the country to support the release. Coincidently that’s also my birthday…. jeez where did those 29 years go???!
And coming soon… your chance to pre-order the album on the website: www.mickeyhartemusic.com . Check back shortly!
Slan agus Slainte, Mj
USA TOUR DATES:
Thursday, 28th June: Mr. Dooley’s Boston, MA.
Friday, 29th June: Gashouse Radio Show, Philadelphia, PA. We’ll be co-hosting a 3-hour slot on this very large and internationally popular internet program.
Saturday, 30th June: Green Parrot, Newtown, PA (outside Philly).
Sunday, 1 July: The Scratcher, NY, NY. Home of Fairplay Collective, we’ll be doing The Scratcher Sessions. The New York musical ‘home’ for Brendan O’Shea, Mark Dignam, and Jenna Nicholls, closely associated with The Frames, Glen Hansard, and more.
Monday, 2 July: IOTA Club, Arlington, VA (DC area).
Tuesday 3 July: Private party/house concert @ David Glenn’s, Durham, NC.
Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday 4/7/8 July: Festival for the Eno, Durham, NC.
(as reported in the Irish Mirror)
Songwriters Paul Brady and Mickey Harte took to the streets of Dublin on Sunday as part of a flash mob that took over Grafton Street briefly around lunchtime. Starting near Molly Malone, the pair began busking, only to start walking, and be slowly joined by over 60 dancers, singers and even a gospel choir, before stopping outside Bewley’s to chant the final chorus of their new song, “Bring It On, Bring It On”. The new song is a tribute to the Irish football team and their efforts in Poland in the weeks to come.
The Derry Journal
Published on Tuesday 22 May 2012 18:02
Leading songwriters Paul Brady and Mickey Harte have teamed up with a special anthem for the Irish football squad ahead of the European Championships 2012.
Brady and Harte not only have their music talents in common, they both also have strong Strabane and Donegal links – and Lifford in particular, from where the Republic’s goalkeeper Shay Given hails.
The musicians took to the streets of Dublin on Sunday with their guitars as part of a flash mob that took over Grafton Street briefly around lunchtime.
Starting near Molly Malone, the pair began busking, only to start walking, and be slowly joined by over 60 dancers, singers and even a gospel choir, before stopping outside Bewley’s to chant the final chorus of their new song, “Bring It On, Bring It On”.
The new song is a tribute to the Irish football team and their efforts in Poland in the weeks to come.