Hymns To Swear By

Pádraig Ó Tuama's debut album blends poetry, spoken word and song in an achingly beautiful way. Many of the poems and songs have been spoken and sung in the context of Ikon in Belfast. They mix prayer and longing and raging in mystical fashion. The album is stripped back with just voice or voice and guitar which somehow makes it all the more potent. It includes an acoustic version of Yearn from Ikon's Dubh.

Pad's sleeve notes...

"Recorded Feb 2010 at the fine studios of Tre Sheppard in Coleraine. Tre was priest, prophet, arranger and producer, and did a fine mixing job too. Mastered by Brilliant Jon Birch of Proost. Additional support from the Jubilant Jonny Baker, the Jenius Jonny McEwen. Deep thanks to Pete the Heretic Rollins for years of encouragement and kindness. Phil the Fine Friend at manifestodesign.co.uk does finefriendly work all the time. All songs and lyrics by Pádraig Ó Tuama (except for Ag Críost an Síol on Track 13, lyrics and tune Traditional Irish). All rights reserved, copyright and all that jazz. Grateful thanks to the ethics of those of you who don’t burn copies of this for your mates - it’s available for download at www.proost.co.uk. Many of these words and singings grew out of invitations to write from Ikon and other Conspiracies. Thanks. They also grew out of darkness - godonlyknows who’s to thank or blame for that. They grew out of goodness and kindness of people too - were I to name names, I’d be naming names for many years. Thank you to the names I love and the names that love me. It is in the shelter of each other that the people live, and I have lived and loved under the shelter of many people. Clann, cáirde, creideamh agus grámochroí - míle, míle buíochas. Dedicated with Love and Love to the Tuesday Table, to Faytheee and to Jimmyjames. These are Hymns to swear by."

Track listing

  • Opening Collect
  • I'll Tell You When I'm Older
  • Narrative Theology
  • Maranatha
  • Readings From The Book Of Exile
  • Yearn
  • Creed
  • Invocation
  • Torture Theology
  • Intercession For Lesbian And Gay Ugandans
  • Emmanuel
  • It's All There
  • Recessional
Price: £6.99

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