Ag Ól, Ag Ól ag an Garbhóg is the new single from Pearse McGloughlin & Nocturnes, taken from his forthcoming LP The Rest (2019).
Originally written by Pearse and long-time collaborator Enda Reilly, the song is a reflection on friendship and place and particularly on memories of youth.
As many will know the Garbhóg (Garavogue) runs through Sligo Town, winding its way from Lough Gill to the Atlantic. Some of the imagery evoke ecological concerns ‘dath ór tine ar an uisce’ (‘the colour of fire on the water’) brings to mind the spate of wildfires we’re seeing with more and more frequency. Some of the melody was inspired by a walk around the side of Knocknarea near Strandhil in Co. Sligo and feeling there, that a place of natural beauty, reasonably unchanged, can connect you to the past.
Nocturnes are a revolving cast of musicians, regularly featuring Pearse McGloughlin (vocals, keys, guitar), Enda Roche (percussion, bass) and Billy Donohue (keys). They pedal ambient folk noir which in short means they write songs which are atmospheric and evocative of people, nature and the world around us.
Produced by Darragh Nolan at Asta Kalapa.
Mastered by TJ Lipple.
Cover Art "Dóite no.8" - a watercolour by Eoin MacLochlainn.
For more on Pearse and his band Nocturnes, visit pearsemcgloughlin.com
released January 8, 2019