CD Review of “Gone America” by Mike O´ Donoghue

Irish style ballads, combined with folk music and the well-known country style.
Melodic, harmonious, beautiful songs, Irish style predominates and makes the whole thing into a beautiful arrangement of ballads. These songs are wonderfully combined with Irish Folk music and a certain country music style. You can feel the uniqueness with the music and attachment to the songs and where the heart of the artist is. 
Mike O 'Donoghue is an exceptional artist, who keeps people with his music under his spell. The story of the songs is passing in front of the audience and they can share the feelings, which were well illustrated in this story. 
The Cd describes a beautiful story, but also at the same time, a very sad story, that comes to life through the songs.
The story:
A young man takes off to find his fortune in America, his dreams shattered, and he loses his great love, driven by hunger and hardship, she had to marry another man. Now he lives in a foreign country and cannot return, he makes this land to his home, but his heart is still in Ireland. The story runs through all the songs on the CD. 
1 – Black 47 – tells the story of the black mushroom potato, a nation falls into a big famine, the struggle for survival begins.
2 –Eire Goodbye – A young men left Ireland, to start a new life for him and his girlfriend, he left with big hope.
3 – Tale Of A Tar – tells the story of the young men which performs lower services during the voyage to America and his hope for a bright future in another country.
4 – Gone America – tells the story of his dreams and his longing to finally find his fortune in the Promised Land
5 – Harbour of Broken Dreams – tells the story of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, which he hoped to find, but it was the same as home, his dreams shattered.
6 – Have A Drink On Me – tells how he is feeling, his sorrows, his drinking problems – he is unhappy and alone.
7 – Dancing On Wheels – tells how he wakes up one day and he knows, that he need to change something in his life, that he need to settle down, so that he can finally find a new home.
8 – New Horizon – tells how he saw a new future and found a new home.
9 – Homesick – tells that he is homesick, he dreams of home and of what he has left behind.
10 - My Girl – the story tells, that he dreams of his girl and that he can finally offer her a future without having to live in hunger and poverty.
11 – Eire – Goodbye – Reprise – Set sails and leave the country in order to find a new home and in this dream he lost the dearest thing he possessed.
12 – Carrickfergus – Memories of his home and his childhood
13 – Annie´s Song – A Hymn of Love by John Denver
(Finally, this song fits perfectly with the story, which the artist told us with his songs.)
A beautiful CD, thoughtful & profound, even the cover of the CD, symbolizes the sadness of the story. Inside the booklet of the CD you can find the songs and at the same time a translation into the German language, which I really think is very commendable. 
It is not just a CD, but a narrative, that like a red thread, runs until the end of the CD. Only those who have heard the CD from beginning to the end, can grasp the meaning of the story and will be thrilled.
Brilliant - first class!!! Highly recommended in every way, a successful presentation! 
I tip my hat for the artist Mike O´Donoghue, and Ron Gardner, which produced the CD together with Mike O'Donoghue, and also Mark Merritt, he published the title in Choo Choo Seven and they appeared under his label Amazing Records. *****

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