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‘The Arrow and The Song’ from Jerome Taheny – distinctive guitar and warm toned vocals

(August 13, 2015)

The road of the long-travelled voyager, the Irish troubadour, is marked with the music of the great, the good and the well known. It’s also a journey travelled by many nameless artists seeking the chance to express themselves through poetry and music, and in the way of its singular quality, it has set some seriously fine talent on their path. One of its latest voyagers is Jerome Taheny from County Sligo in the West of Ireland, who with his album ‘The Arrow and The Song’ reveals through a combination of the arrow and the songdistinctive finger-picked guitar and warm toned vocals a well-honed touch for melody and lyric.

Throughout, idiosyncratic chord changes and a deft touch on the strings embellish both Tahey’s original words and those borrowed from the work of ‘old and ‘new world’ poets. His accomplished re-imaginings of poetry into song include the beautiful ‘At Best’ using the words of John Boyle O’Reilly, before he works Annie Callan’s poetry into ‘Copper’, the supremely touching truth of Dennis Wheatley’s ‘Recklessness’ and with the prophetic words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow creates the mood-filled title track ‘The Arrow and The Song’. Combining his own words with music offers no less power, ‘In Vino Veritas’ makes its uncompromising point, the meditative musing of ‘House and ‘In Kissing A Fool offer their views on life’s occasions and ‘Too Late’ with its reflective look and homage to Young’s ‘Needle And The Damage Done’.

Taheny has with ‘The Arrow and The Song’ laid down a marker that establishes a deserved place on that long-travelled road. Find the man and his music here: www.tontotaheny.com.

‘The Arrow and The Song’ - produced and arranged by Johnny Duhan, engineered by Tony Maher and mastered by James Blennerhasset. Musicians playing on the album - Jerome ‘Tonto’ Taheny (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) Tony Maher (keyboards, accordion) James Blennerhasset (double bass) Johnny Duhan (backing vocals) Ruth Pokall (female vocal).

Review: Tim Carroll

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