Readers may remember that I wrote some months back about Barry Mc Cabe who was due to go to Finland to perform his song "One Of These Days" in a song contest. While Barry's efforts were not enough to take the top prize he did inform me on his return that the experience was well worth while.
Recently I was sent a copy of his brand new album "Beyond The Tears", which was recorded in Limerick, but we won't hold that against him.
Yet again Barry has gone for some collaborative work on this recording and has enlisted the help of Johnny Fean of Horslips fame as well as Mark Feltham from the Rory Gallagher band.
Rory Gallagher would be one of Barry's musical influences and indeed even the cover of this new album is very Gallagher like. The third contributor on "Beyond The Tears" is Pat McManus, who is no stranger to any and all music lovers in this area.
On the inside on the CD box there is a great close-up picture of the knobs on a mixing desk and in truth that sums up "Beyond The Tears" for me. Barry mixes pure rock 'n' roll with blues, country along with a bit of Irish trad. Accordions and harmonicas sitting side by side with bass and drums and I certainly would not associate the kind of acoustic guitar playing that is on track 6 [Arthur] with an artist who likes to mix it up on his electric lead.
I think it is a stunning work of music writing and playing. Throughout the album Barry simply picks the listener up and drops them into a whole new mood with each track. "Beyond The Tears" is one of those stand alone pieces of work that should be given pride of place in the 'special section' of readers' CD collection.
I should also mention that Barry will be on the Charlie McGettigan radio show on Shannonside/Northern Sound in a couple of weeks. I will confirm time and date in the following issue.
Review of "Beyond The Tears"