A local musician is celebrating the launch of his first CD.
Pete MacGowan, from Faugheen, was surrounded by friends at Powerâ€™s Pub, Tullahought, for the launch of his debut EP â€˜Stop the Clocks.â€™
All his own writing, Pete describes â€˜Stop the Clocksâ€™ as an acoustic mix of folk and blues. There are five tracks on the CD. This is the first time Pete has recorded a CD, although he is an accomplished musician having played at sessions and gigs for 15 years. On the night Pete played with Breege Phelan and other musicians that heâ€™s played with over the years: Panie Bartley (Faugheen), Dave Cooney, (Carrick-on-Suir), Paddy Walsh (Windgap), Marietta Oâ€™Keefe, (Carrick-on-Suir), Maria Oâ€™Shea Enright (Ahenny), Tania Opland, (Innistioge and Seattle), Mike Freeman (Innistioge and Seattle) and members of Cois SiÃºire.
â€œOne strange fact is that we were due to start the launch at 8.30pm, but due to the two hurling matches going into extra time, we didnâ€™t start until about 10pm! So much for stopping the clocks!â€ Pete told The Nationalist.
This CD features Pete on lead vocals, guitars and harmonica, Breege Phelan on lead and backing vocals. All five songs are inspired by the folk, blues and roots music from Ireland and the UK, and from Europe across the Atlantic to North America.
Pete has supported Charlie McGettigan, John Spillane, Jimmy Crowley, Jim McKee, the Frank and Walters, and David Kitt. Musician Kierna Goss said: â€œâ€˜I love Peteâ€™s CDâ€¦ well written songs full of beautifully observed details, simple arrangements, performed with passion and honesty.â€
Stop the Clocks is available from firstname.lastname@example.org, at gigs, outlets in Carrick-on-Suir, and online from cdbaby.com, iTunes and Amazon MP3. Pete plays the Busking Festival in Clonmel with Breege Phelan, on August 9 at Tierneyâ€™s and on August 11 at Kate Ryanâ€™s, also the Iverk Show in Piltown, August 24.