First album release, the long version:
At the close of Ceili's Muse, after a good six years walking on air from all the love and sense of family that band inspired, Anders and I wanted something a little more powerful and still as gorgeous. The little Ren Faire called Cavalier Dayes brought Wolf Loescher into the picture, a drummer by trade who also rocked the bagpipes, sang and played guitar, and was funny as hell. He gave a lot of consideration to starting over, but I think saw something special in a brand new project, so he decided to move on from the Austin Celtic band Poor Man's Fortune. At least for a while.
With Anders on guitar and bass, me on vocals, bass, violin, Wolf with the Godfoot drums and extras, we needed a foundation. Something to hold it all together on rhythm guitar, but better. The Wednesday night Ceili sessions at the Mucky Duck in Houston had a shy, waif of a starlet in its midst. She was sparkly, never stopped smiling. She didn't know there was a business end to music, only the joy brought.
Her talent was off the charts, so we all sort of looked at each other and said "What the hell? Let's ask her." And so with Frances Cunningham (nee Newton), the first incarnation was complete. The first rehearsal had a synergy that was palpable and almost scary. I had handed Frances my bouzouki and said "would you mind learning to play this please?" No problem. It was smoking under her tiny hands in two weeks.
We got the band name after six weeks of pulling our hair out and living in torture. I guess I came up with it, since I had been to Ireland the most. But we all knew in an instant.
SixMileBridge is a tiny hamlet in County Clare, Ireland, that you may notice on your way from Shannon airport on the way to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. Or maybe not. Don't blink, you'll miss it. More about why it's special, read on in the "No Reason" album notes...
It was our first record with a brand new studio, completely turn-key and modern. Anders and Wolf, the techno geeks, wanted to use every gadget in the house. I couldn't help but pull in the reigns sometimes, but everything came together in a really honest, straightforward way that we're proud of.
The debut kicked off several years of non-stop touring, killing it at high-end festivals. It was everything you dream when you live your dream.
released February 21, 2017
Produced by Drennon/Johansson
Recorded and mixed at Houston Audio Labs, Houston TX
Engineered by Anders Johansson, Maggie Drennon, and Jared Pollack
Mastering by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin TX
Design by Jay Ford and SixMileBridge
Photography by Michele Grinstead
Cliffs of Moher photographs by Maggie Drennon
Wolf Loescher uses ProMark drumsticks and mallets
All songs arranged by SixMileBridge
© 1998 SixMileBridge
SixMileBridge would like to thank . . .
Jay Ford, Paul “The Dominator” Domotor, Steve Farmer, Max Addison, Dan Yeaney, Ben & Francine Apple, Michele Grinstead, Dianna Sunn, Peter Murgola, Stan Wasilik, Douglas Emes
Jared Pollack, Ramon Martin, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck,
Harry O., Sam & Ray @ Rockin’ Robin, Steve, Michael & Jeff @ ProMark, Pipe Major Kenneth Liechti, Pipe Sargeant Wade Harper,
& the gang @EISYS
Special thanks to . . .
Judith (Hudie) Huddleston,
Mona & Jennifer Johansson,
Caroline & Norma,
Norbert, The Schubbes,
Gustavus Adolphus College & Alumni
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