SixMileBridge is a tiny little 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...
The Touhy family, Noel and Carmel and their frighteningly over-accomplished children Errol, Ivan, Ethel, and Hazel, run a B&B with breakfast entertainment by the girls, Hazel on the Irish harp and Ethel on concertina. They have putt-putt golf in their massive front property, sheep in the back, and the most magnificent five hundred year old tomb, get this, in their driveway. It's like a vehicle in the four car parking spot. The image of a child's bicycle toss against it is like time travel, the movement of our civilization, more analogies than I can articulate.
During the making of this record I lost my younger brother to cancer. He was twenty-five years old. I poured my sorrow into creating the collage poster for the original CD package. With the help of Jay Ford it remains one of my favorite pieces of my life. It consists entirely of my photographs from Ireland, Scotland and England, a stone theme with most all the images from either cemeteries or the remains of Roman and Rennaisance structures. I hope you enjoy the photos.
We had bid farewell to Wolf and wished him success in his new endeavour, and welcomed Frances' future husband, Sean. He was a phenomenal addition to the sound and feel of the group. Having grown up at his dad's Irish bar in Manhattan, he added a little more edge and we loved it.
Thanks to Dave Blanton for sitting in with us, a very solid contribution.
Musically, No Reason is more aggressive, to the extent that ever appealed to us. So really rockin stuff here....
released June 2, 1999
Maggie Drennon, vocals, violin, bass
Anders Johansson, guitars, bass, vocals
Frances Cunningham, bouzouki, mandolin, vocals, french horn
Sean Cunningham, Irish flute, whistles, vocals, bagpipes, Irish pipes
Dave Blanton, drums
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