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Cormac Neeson has announced the new release date for the re-issue of his acclaimed, White Feather album, re-issued on vinyl, with the Deluxe Edition available on CD and digital. Delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the album is now due to drop on Friday, November 6, 2020, just ahead of Neeson’s 14 date UK & Ireland tour kicking off on November 11.
The Deluxe Edition is 16 tracks including two brand new studio recordings, three bonus tracks and the new radio mix of latest single Do Something Today. Originally released only as a 10 track limited edition, White Feather was a top 5 album in the official UK Country Rock charts and received critical acclaim across the board, one that will sit easily alongside the classic singer-songwriter narrative albums.
Cormac states, “I’m thrilled to be able to take my White Feather songs out on the road and to be able to finally perform them in a true singer-songwriter setting. It’s going to feel very special to get back out again especially after all the lockdown uncertainty of the present world! It promises to be a joyous and uplifting tour and we are so looking forward to it. My label Social Family are working incredibly hard behind the scenes and we are confident that the reissue of White Feather will be available before the tour starts!”
White Feather Deluxe Edition track listing:
White Feather **
Do Something Today **
Don’t Wait Up
Broken Wing **
Sweet Gentle Love
Song That Lives Forever
Look Down on Me
Home to Me
Everywhere but Here (Bonus Track)
What You Do To Me (Bonus Track)
Whole Again (Bonus Track)
Sometimes You Gotta Make A Change (New Recording)
Blue Beyond the Grey (New Recording)
Do Something Today (Radio Mix) **
** Instant Grat tracks for iTunes album pre-orders
“Songs such as Broken Wing reaffirm his status as one of Ireland’s finest singers, this musical detour delivers in spades” (Hot Press)
“Semi acoustic, honest and very beautiful, this is just joyous” (Powerplay)
“These tracks are uplifting and life embracing” (Classic Rock)
“For all it’s heavyweight subject matter, there’s a sense of joy and gratitude running through this 10 song set. Any one of these timeless, tastefully crafted songs could serve to broaden Neeson’s commercial appeal” (Planet Rock Magazine)
UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES
Nov 11th Liverpool Philharmonic
Nov 12th Bury The Met
Nov 13th Keighley Studio 5 Live
Nov 14th Newcastle The Cluny
Nov 17th Sheffield Greystones
Nov 18th Shrewsbury Henry Tudor House
Nov 19th Crickdale The Old Stables
Nov 20th London St Pancras Old Church
Nov 21st Aldershot West End Centre
Nov 22nd Cardiff Acapela Studio
Nov 26th Derry An Croi
Nov 27th Dublin Whelans
Nov 28th Belfast The Duncairn
VIEW THE VIDEO CLIP FOR LATEST SINGLE DO SOMETHING TODAY
Cormac Neeson, the lead singer of Northern Irish rock band The Answer, blazed the road to rock ‘n’ roll glory for the better part of a decade, touring the world, sharing stage supports with the likes of AC/DC and The Rolling Stones, achieving both fan and peer respect as not only an outstanding vocalist but consummate performer. Yet, recessed deep within his creative subconscious lay his Dylan destiny, a Celtic story telling muse that gnawed for release from the straight jacket of rock ‘n’ roll.
It is well documented that the last The Answer record Solas (2016), arrived unexpectedly, borne from moments of solitude, darkness and desperation. This was in part inspired by Neeson’s journey from the edge of personal trauma as he overcame his first-born son Dabhog’s premature, life threatening and complicated birth. Following Solas, Neeson decided it was finally time to reach for something different.
Following three intensive song writing trips to the USA over a period of 15 months, the album was recorded 2018 in Nashville at the legendary Studio 19, now the Sound Kitchen. Cormac immersed himself in the rich musical history of both the studio and the city, channelling a re-energised creativity working with some of the finest Nashville musicians including Steve Grossman on drums (Gibson Miller band, India Arie), Doug Kahan on bass (Cody Johnson) and John Heinrich on Pedal Steel (Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Tammy Wynette).
Following the album tracking, he returned to complete dubbing and mixing in Belfast where he brought in some of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians to help with final arrangements. The result is a powerful blend of two diverse and rich musical cultures, a Celtic Nashville concoction connected by Neeson’s unique vocal tones and song writing prowess, performing songs co-written with leading USA and Nashville country songwriters including 2016 Tennessee songwriter of the year Corey Lee Barker; Steve O Brien, Blue Miller, Chase Akers, Blake Densmore and Allen McKendree Palmer who between them have sold in excess of 30 million songs.
In Feb 2019, Neeson became a brand ambassador for the learning disability charity, Mencap NI, a partnership that stemmed from Mencap’s instant connection with the lyrics of the song Broken Wing. In 2014, his son Dabhóg was born three months prematurely with Down’s Syndrome and the impact of that life changing experience had such a lasting and profound effect that Neeson sought solace in penning an autobiographical and emotional account of his inner thoughts and what it’s like to bring up a child with disability. It’s no surprise then that much of the powerful subject matter of White Feather album is rooted in the life changing events of the past five years.