M’ANAM - Bitter Wind

The video of “BITTER WIND”, from the forthcoming début album, is released this week January 20th 2019. The text of the song is in Irish and dates from the 9th century, and the music is by Michael McGlynn. Featuring a stunning solo performance by Philip Barkhudarov, the video was filmed in Iceland in November last by Nejc Rudel and Michael McGlynn.

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.

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

M’ANAM - Bandó Ribinnean

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.

Image © A. McGlynn

Brilliant to be performing for the first time in the Netherlands at the amazing De Doelen in Rotterdam on February 16th! You can find out about ticket availability on the Live page or HERE.

Great to get the cover for “The Sheep Stealer” - out this Friday.

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 -

M’ANAM - The Sheep Stealer

"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."

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.