Declan O’Donovan “Within The Pale” – fuzzy feel good music

Musician Declan O'Donovan photographed at Rodeo Production studio and at the Old Port, Montreal QC.

Not, we have to point out immediately, a song about the part of Ireland under direct control of the English Government in the late Middle Ages / Early Modern period.  No – that would be a song unlikely to be described as “ a fuzzy, sticky, feel good song about feeling strange” which is exactly how Declan O’Donovan does describe it.  It’s a song – he adds – that “asks why we’re here and where we’re going, and offers a sparring partner to anyone that’s wrestling with big, bloated questions that don’t have an answer.”

Declan O’Donovan is a singer-songwriter from Whitehorse (the place, not the band) in Canada.  ‘Within the Pale‘ is from his third album ‘Amok‘ which, within the baroque psychedlia of the music is actually a meditation on losing track of time, as O’Donovan explains it is “a pedestrian and profound thing to do. We all lose track of time, get lost in time, struggle with our places in the world. ‘Amok’ recognizes the miraculousness and mundanity of existence.” 

Amok’ is set for release on April 14th 2023.


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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