9.25.18 Mc’n’ Mac “Beautie on the Waters”

MC’N’ MAC
Beautie on the Waters

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Mary MacQueen vocals,  bass, guitar, recorders, animal sounds
Jim McAuley acoustic & elec. guitars, vocals, Megalyra
Alan Cook & Brafo Aginaton drums/perc
Wayne Peet B-3
Gongfarmer Collective (last track)
Jim & Mary, Alan Cook, Andrew Pask, Scott Fraser + Scott Walton
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1. Birmingham Sunday
2. S’Ann An Ila
3. Wild Mountain Thyme
4. So Beauty on the Water Stood
5. Red Cross Store
6. Mo Nighean Donn Nam Meall-shuilean
7. To My Old Brown Earth
8. Saltarello
9. Anthem For Doomed Youth
10. So Beauty on the Water Stood (reprise)
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Anthem for Doomed Youth
by Wilfred Owen
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? 
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns. 
      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle 
Can patter out their hasty orisons. 
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; 
      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— 
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; 
      And bugles calling for them from sad shires. 
What candles may be held to speed them all? 
      Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes 
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes. 
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Produced by Jim McAuley, Mary MacQueen and Wayne Peet
Executive Producer:  Fabrizio Perissinotto
Engineered & mixed  by Wayne Peet at Killzone Studios, Los Angeles
Album Art + Design by Kio Griffith
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Mc’n’Mac is Jim McAuley and Mary MacQueen, two Los Angeles-based musicians whose music reflects their shared love of folk, blues, free improvisation and classical music. Their approach is intuitive and heartfelt, mercifully free of cynicism and irony. From Renaissance art songs to ’60’s protest, this is music that speaks directly to our contemporary lives with urgency and passion.

Mary MacQueen is a singer and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist (acoustic bass, recorders, guitar, whistling and animal sounds) with wide ranging experience as a performer, composer and teacher.
She was raised in a home filled with poetry, music, and games from around the world and devoid of television and commercial radio. From teen-age experiences in Cape Breton Nova Scotia, immersed in farming and Gaelic culture, to studies with contemporary bass master Bertram Turetzky and an MA in cross-cultural studies of Yoruba and Celtic music, she has continued to explore the connections and intersections of traditional music across different cultures and centuries. Her paintings and original compositions reveal her love of nature and commitment to the environment.

Jim McAuley began his musical life as a classical guitarist, but was soon seduced by the sound of finger-picked blues, folk and jazz. His original work combines these influences into a highly personal improvisational style. His previous Long Song release, “Gongfarmer 36”, was named by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the top CD’s of 2012. The current album returns him to his 60’s roots.

Mary and Jim have been making music together for nearly a decade. Their joy in playing together is palpable, their synergistic bond amazing. After years of relative obscurity playing privately and in local venues, Long Song Records is proud to offer this beautiful music to a worldwide audience.

©2018 Mc’n’Mac