Cormac Neeson’s highly acclaimed White Feather album is out now, re-issued as a special 16 track bonus deluxe edition CD and digital release, as well as a 12” heavyweight vinyl format version, through Social Family Records.
The White Feather Deluxe Edition was originally going to be supported by a 14 date UK & Ireland songwriter club tour, but sadly, had to be cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty in the live sector caused by the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns and distancing measures.
Instead, Cormac hosted a very special live streaming event early this morning Australian time, from Hillview Studios Northern Ireland, where he performed with his band to launch the release (see below).
This Saturday, November 7, the 32nd edition of his incredible Facebook “Cocoons” live performance ‘in the round’ event will also take place, including Australian-based Social Family Records roster mates, Hayley Jensen and Gareth Leach. “Cocoons” is an international songwriter / performance event which Cormac started back in April 2020 (due to the pandemic and not being able to perform in venues) and has now grown to over 3,000 members from all over the world, with a weekly selection of 4-5 artists usually performing two songs each on an ‘in the round’.
The Deluxe Edition of White Feather is 16 tracks including two brand new studio recordings, three bonus tracks and the new radio mix of Do Something Today. Originally released only as a 10 track limited edition, the original album received critical acclaim across the board, one that will sit easily alongside the classic singer-songwriter narrative albums. Featured on all editions is Cormac’s new single, Sweet, Gentle, Love.
The original 2018 White Feather album, a former top 5 success in the UK national Country album chart, was a limited CD release back in April 2018. All copies of the new deluxe and Vinyl versions ordered via Cormac’s webstore will be personally signed by Cormac as a special thank you to fans for their incredible patience and support – Buy Here!
White Feather Deluxe Edition track listing:
White Feather **
Do Something Today **
Don’t Wait Up
Broken Wing **
Sweet Gentle Love
Song That Lives Forever
Look Down on Me
Home to Me
Everywhere but Here (Bonus Track)
What You Do To Me (Bonus Track)
Whole Again (Bonus Track)
Sometimes You Gotta Make A Change (New Recording)
Blue Beyond the Grey (New Recording)
Do Something Today (Radio Mix) **
** Instant Grat tracks for iTunes album pre-orders
Watch White Feather Facebook launch here:
Cormac Neeson, the lead singer of Northern Irish rock band The Answer, blazed the road to rock ‘n’ roll glory for the better part of a decade, touring the world, sharing stage supports with the likes of AC/DC and The Rolling Stones, achieving both fan and peer respect as not only an outstanding vocalist but consummate performer. Yet, recessed deep within his creative subconscious lay his Dylan destiny, a Celtic story telling muse that gnawed for release from the straight jacket of rock ‘n’ roll.
It is well documented that the last The Answer record Solas (2016), arrived unexpectedly, borne from moments of solitude, darkness and desperation. This was in part inspired by Neeson’s journey from the edge of personal trauma as he overcame his first-born son Dabhog’s premature, life threatening and complicated birth. Following Solas, Neeson decided it was finally time to reach for something different.
Following three intensive song writing trips to the USA over a period of 15 months, the album was recorded 2018 in Nashville at the legendary Studio 19, now the Sound Kitchen. Cormac immersed himself in the rich musical history of both the studio and the city, channelling a re-energised creativity working with some of the finest Nashville musicians including Steve Grossman on drums (Gibson Miller band, India Arie), Doug Kahan on bass (Cody Johnson) and John Heinrich on Pedal Steel (Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Tammy Wynette).
Following the album tracking, he returned to complete dubbing and mixing in Belfast where he brought in some of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians to help with final arrangements. The result is a powerful blend of two diverse and rich musical cultures, a Celtic Nashville concoction connected by Neeson’s unique vocal tones and song writing prowess, performing songs co-written with leading USA and Nashville country songwriters including 2016 Tennessee songwriter of the year Corey Lee Barker; Steve O Brien, Blue Miller, Chase Akers, Blake Densmore and Allen McKendree Palmer who between them have sold in excess of 30 million songs.
In Feb 2019, Neeson became a brand ambassador for the learning disability charity, Mencap NI, a partnership that stemmed from Mencap’s instant connection with the lyrics of the song Broken Wing. In 2014, his son Dabhóg was born three months prematurely with Down’s Syndrome and the impact of that life changing experience had such a lasting and profound effect that Neeson sought solace in penning an autobiographical and emotional account of his inner thoughts and what it’s like to bring up a child with disability. It’s no surprise then that much of the powerful subject matter of White Feather album is rooted in the life changing events of the past few years.