Cheynne Murphy | Through The Hills of Inishmore
Through The Hills of Inishmore, is the second single off Celtic Heart, the latest album from Australian singer-songwriter Cheynne Murphy. It is the follow up single from the title track Celtic Heart inspired by Cheynne’s reconnection to the birthplace of his Grandfather. After visiting family across the mid and west coast of Ireland Cheynne ventured over to the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, and rode around the ‘big island’ of Inishmore. Spelt Inis Mor in Gaelic, it may be the biggest island but it still only took a few hours to ride around it. As Cheynne shares “It was really lovely visiting a more traditionally part of Ireland. The island sits in the middle of the Atlantic and feels the brunt of the wild weather. I listened to the stories and was fascinated that it was originally just a big rock. It was inhabited to escape the ravages of invaders on the mainland and grass managed to sprout from seeds planted in the seaweed by the original inhabitants.” After sharing some Guinness and more stories with some locals after the ride, the song seed was planted.
To recreate this West Coast Ireland inspiration on return to Australia, Cheynne engaged some local players he new had the right ‘feel’ in his home of the Byron shire. Namely Guy Anderson whose brief was to play a groove like he was playing the traditional Irish drum - Bodhran. It came out like a rocking Pogues live track. Matt Connley whom Cheynne new had visited Ireland shared some Irish ‘Uilleann’ pipes that he had made himself. The violinist and mandolin player Chris Aronsten who had also spent time on the West Coast added violin and rhythm with his 1930’s Gibson mandolin. Finally after a fortuitous meeting with a PHD candidate in traditional Australian folk music, Chris Sullivan, at his workplace in Lismore, Cheynne mobile recorded some concetina on the recording with Chris’s instrument which dates back to the 19th century.
This melting pot of traditional sounds andinspirations from the West Coast atlantic seas form the back drop to the song Through The Hills Of Inishmore, where Cheynne acknowledges the traditional Irish music elements but ends up as a sprawling folk-rock production. As he says “its all about the flavours, the choices have given the song the energy and sound to support the inspiration and lyrical vision”.
Debuting his first EP ‘Firesongs For the Soul’ at the 20th Anniversary Bluesfest, in the company of giants (Ben Harper, Xavier Rudd, Blind Boys of Alabamma) Cheynne has achievedgreat critical acclaim, television appearances and some major festival gigsCeltic Heart is the follow up album to the critically acclaimed A Horse Called Freedom debut and is internationally distributed across all major outlets.