Acclaimed Cork singer-songwriter John Spillane has released a new single inspired by some of his favourite old Irish stories.
'We Come In The Wind', released today, is the first single to be taken from his forthcoming album,.
The new track is based on the three immrama or wonder voyages of Irish literature; The Voyage of Bran, The Voyage of Maeldun and The Voyage of St Brendan.
My first single 'We Come In The Wind' from my forthcoming album '100 Snow White Horses' is out today! Released digitally on Bandcamp and available to stream on all streaming services. https://t.co/Ogt1rG8op3— John Spillane (@JohnSpillane_) February 19, 2021
Produced by John Reynolds in London and featuring @PaulineScanlonX pic.twitter.com/wGJLmLm3Fr
It features the ethereal vocals of Pauline Scanlon and is produced by John Reynolds, both of whom Spillane has collaborated with many times.
Spillane wrote the songs onin the Irish bardic tradition, in gratitude for patronage by various communities, festivals, and artistic events which he has taken part in over the last four years as a travelling songwriter and composer.
A strong theme of Irish mythology runs through the album with ‘We Come In The Wind’ being a prime example.
Spillane spent a whole summer writing the verses for this song and it all came together in one serendipitous night.
"It was the night I played in Abbeyfeale and I was waiting to go on in the Glorach Theatre.
"I did and it said 'go tell my lady' and I put that in the song.
"Driving home that evening after the gig, I came out with the chorus 'we come in the wind, we leave in the wind'.
"I love musical moments like this because these are the best moments of life," he said.
Spillane started his career playing with celebrated Irish trad band, Nomos, but left the band to pursue a solo career. He is a two-time Meteor award winner for Best Folk/Trad act and has sold over 100,000 albums in Ireland alone.
Spillane's new album,, is set for release on April 2, 2021.