COLOURSOUND - THE NEW ALBUM
A MUSICAL JOURNEY
One of the requirements of his degree was to set up a home studio. He established ‘Brown Envelope Studios, behind his house in Ballylinan, Co Laois. He set to work, then, writing songs for this latest album. Songs such as ‘I Miss the Time for Love’, ‘Long as You’ and ‘My Love and Me’ reflect his own life experiences. Other songs like the title track ‘Coloursound’ and ‘Chasing Black Rainbows’ see Paul taking on characters inspired by his observations of the many different people he has encountered during his life. After five years of writing, composing and recording the album ‘Coloursound’ is now ready for release.
The Launch Event
In the meantime Paul had joined ‘Ol, Ceol agus Craic’. These are a group of musicians of varying abilities from Lugacurren, Co Laois. They get together in the local community hall once a month to rehearse traditional tunes and songs. They were more than happy to assist Paul in the launching of this latest album.
The physical launch took place in Lugacurren Hall on Saturday May 11th as part of the Bealtaine Arts Festival, which celebrates creativity in the older age group. The CD of the album is available from that date and the online version will be released on all streaming platforms in late August on all digital platforms.
Paul played all of the stringed instruments on the album including acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass and keyboards. He enlisted the services of his tutor Karen Denieffe from Carlow Institute of Further Education on backing vocals. Karen was the main vocalist on two of Paul’s singles ‘My Love and Me’ and ‘Lay Down’ which were released in the past two years.
Fellow BIMM graduate Eric Roche, from Waterford, played drums on all tracks with the exception of ‘Long as You’ which featured Kilkenny man Bill Trait and bonus track ‘Lay Down’ featuring Tom Cortney from Raheny in Dublin. Piano Accordion on ‘My Love and Me’ is played by Dolores Byrne. Dolores is a member of the Ol, Ceol agus Craic group in Lugacurren, Co Laois.
To say that Paul Hickey has ‘re-invented’ himself, is not a term he is completely comfortable with, however, it does go a long way to describe his musical journey in the past five years. At the age of 64 he has many years of experience in song-writing, but, with so many good young songwriters coming through, it was tough for an older one to survive. Does he stop and look back at his playing days with fondness or does he carry on writing and performing?
The advent of home studios had opened new possibilities to older songwriters such as Paul. His first album ‘Cheap Cabaret’ (2002) was recorded, in Freshford, Kilkenny in Seosamh O Faolain’s studio and the second, ‘Coolhouse’ (2005) was recorded in Athy, with Frankie Lane. Paul built up his knowledge of the home recording process and felt he needed some practical help to move it forward.
He decided to do a music course in the College of Further Education, Carlow. It was there, he met tutor Karen Denieffe. Karen encouraged Paul to keep writing and performing and this led him to study for a BA at BIMM Dublin where he could study music as a song writer. Attending Music College to study song-writing at an advanced age, must be seen as a bold move. However, he availed of every opportunity and he is, now, a graduate with a BA in music.
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