Debut Album Coming in November
M’ANAM is releasing our eponymous debut album this November! Written and recorded over a span of nearly two years, it has been a long but very rewarding journey. The album features 12 tracks in 6 different languages, from viking funeral rites to songs of loss to raucous party ballads. The album will be released in conjunction with a tour around the Netherlands and Belgium, with an official CD release performance in Dublin on November 7th (click HERE for more info). Stay tuned, and in the meantime check out the already-released singles from the album HERE.
A new video of M’ANAM working in studio at Windmill Lane Studios recording the track “The Hound’s Cry”, written by Michael McGlynn and Cian O’Donnell, has just been released. Gives you a flavour of how serious we are about our music.
This is the cover of the new single, released to streaming services on April 12th, entitled “Gunnarshólmi”. Recorded in Dublin and Iceland at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Soundscape Studios and Stúdíó12RÚV,Reykjavík by Hrafnkell Sigurðsson. Text by Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845). Adapted translation by Bjarni Guðmundsson who also features as the soloist and music by Michael McGlynn.
This is the video for the forthcoming single release (April 12th Spotify) entitled “Gunnarshólmi”. The soloist is Bjarni Guðmundsson who introduces the work.
“Bitter Wind” from our forthcoming album is released on Tuesday 12 February to Spotify and later to all streaming and downloading platforms. The single features the voice of Philip Barkhudarov on solo with massive percussion by Noel Eccles. The text is 9th century and sung in the Irish language and the music was written by Michael. Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios Dublin.
The video of “BITTER WIND”, from the forthcoming début album, is released this week January 20th 2019. The video was filmed in Iceland in November last by Nejc Rudel and Michael McGlynn.
Sold out for our first gig in the Netherlands at De Doelen in Rotterdam on February 16th!
Great to get the cover for “The Sheep Stealer”. Brand-new single released Friday November 16th. “The Sheep Stealer” features a solo by Fergus who can be found singing obsessively in the folk venues and sessions around Dublin. It’s appropriate that the video, filmed and edited by Michael, features the guys singing at Dame Tavern in the centre of the city, and we think it brilliantly captures the late-night ambience of Dublin by night. Fergus says about the song -
"The first time I heard the Sheep Stealer was sung in the Teachers Club on Parnell Square, in the same Georgian building where James Joyce took Singing Lessons. It haunted me, writing and rewriting itself over and over again in my head for a long time afterwards.
The narrator of the story begins with the intention of remaining unabashed, though his journey has already ended. He is raising a glass one last time before he must accept his fate. The song is set in a world which is black and white; survival and death, in some ways a welcome escape from our saturated, needlessly complicated lives.
A year after hearing it and with much convincing Michael McGlynn of its potential worth, together we found multiple sources for the song originally titled 'The Brisk Lad'. This version of the song M'ANAM sing is a combination of many of these together, with a few unexpected twists and turns, music living and breathing in this world, not some archaic past.
I think we have captured exactly how I felt when hearing the story for the first time in the heart of Dublin, a city filled with traffic, fights, tragedy, celebration and friendship."
The end is in sight for our new album. In late August we hit the legendary Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin with the assembled men of M’ANAM who travelled from Iceland, Slovenia and the Netherlands to be with us. We took a few snaps - loads to look forward to. Mixing begins in late November with Brian Masterson at Soundscape Studios in Dublin. All images by Nejc Rudel.
Great interview featured on the website ototoy.jp HERE with mouse on the keys where they discuss the collaboration with M’ANAM for the recording of their latest, highly successful album “tres”. The track “Clarity” was co-written by Daisuke Niitome and Zachary Trouton with the vocal parts recorded my Michael Mormecha at Millbank Studios, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
M’ANAM feature as vocalists on the soundtrack of the animated short created by Blizzard entitled Warbringers: Jaina.
M’ANAM are releasing their first tentative toe-in-the-water as a single, the awesome Bandó Ribineann. The song is written by Michael and is from an old Scottish source, and this pretty fantastic video was filmed in Dame Tavern in Dublin. Available on all digital platforms.
Bandó ribinnean a shioda's de ribinnean bands of silken ribbons
Bandó ribinnean á ruidealadh mu'd cheann-sa bands of ribbons woven about my head
Theid mi null air an abhuinn
Thig mi nall air an abhuinn
I'll go across the river
I'll come across the river
Hear the river calling.
Warbringers is a series of animated shorts serving as a prelude to World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. It presents the tales of Jaina Proudmoore, Sylvanas Windrunner, and Queen Azshara during pivotal times in their lives.
The teaser for the series was released on July 16, 2018.