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Rory Faithfield

New Single " The One You Need "

The latest single off the critically acclaimed album "SONGS FOR SOONER"

Release Date Sept 17th, 2010
www.faithfield.com ~ www.myspace.com/roryfaithfield

The Album "Songs for Sooner" Featuring the singles "The One You Need""Clonard”, "Blue Western Skies", and "Born in Sydney Town"
Out Now on Blind Romantic Records, distributed by ESD.



Australia's Dublin-based acoustic powerhouse Rory Faithfield is back with his latest single release from his fourth album "Songs For Sooner" . With Celtic songlines in his head and grains of sand between his toes, Rory has conjured an alluring songbook of life, love and consequence!

Dividing his time between Dublin and Vasse on the West Australian coast, Rory has honed his craft on the European pub circuit to create this authentic home-coming album. Big Blue Western Skies casts a wistful spell; capturing the hypnotic harsh beauty of our summers, while the single release Born in Sydney Town is a little piece of home for every erstwhile Australian traveller. Clonard beguiles as a Celtic ballad of the journey featuring John O'Brien on Uilleann Pipes & Whistles.

Much of Songs for Sooner was written last year in Australia, then recorded in Ireland with a full band which included Nick Scott (Van Morrison) and Johnny Boyle (The Frames). Rory co-produced the album with industry veteran Gavin Murphy  and also includes top local musicians Bill Shanley, Christian Herzberger, Lorcan Daly, and Ciaran Byrne.

Applauded by the often unforgiving Irish music media, Rory is described as "Power Acoustic" by the Irish Independent, and "invigorating and inspiring" by The Irish Times.

In a recent 4 Star review, 'The Australian' (national newspaper) noted that, “his message is that all shades of experience can be metamorphosed into positivity and individualistic growth”, and the West Australian newspaper remarked that “this is beautiful, straightforward storytelling, saturated in Irish folk traditions but with a keen edge born of Faithfield's days as a punk rocker in Sydney. I was reminded of Paul Kelly's more lyrical excursions, which is a high compliment”.

 
 
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"Listening to a Rory Faithfield CD is the equivalent of an aural self help book - unputdownable!". Editorial - THE BRAG Magazine, Sydney.

...Songs that uplift the human spirit and encourage individualism as in "Dance your own dance and sing your own song". That's Rory Faithfield in a nutshell..... John O'Regan ROCK'N'REEL Magazine.

..Engaging...new age kind of guy...Faithfield writes a nice lyric and his music is positive and, at times, irreverent. The punk influence is not entirely hidden: a lot of his songs are short up tempo affairs, kind of ‘power acoustic’ if you like.... Alan Brennan-IRISH INDEPENDENT

...invigorating and inspiring... Peter Crawley - IRISH TIMES

Faithfield may be Aussie at birth but there’s a genuinely Irish sensibility at work, with the language and melodies both reflecting the influence of the place he’s chosen to make his home. Think Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Brady- Faithfield may not be in the Premiership alongside these three luminaries yet, but he’s heading in the right direction. Chris Donovan - HOT PRESS

...a strength that will inspire and move you with jolts of positive energy. This is great music that has character, purity, and mindfulness that is rarely found in recordings today. The spirit of humanity is written all over this CD. Keith Hannaleck- MUSICDISH.com

...an immense talent and a collection of songs that simply blew me away. I've heard this style of music from independent artists all over the world. Most of it is bland and many times boring for lack of originality. Rory Faithfield is an exception to that experience. Michael Allison - TheGlobalMuse.com

....aside from the inherent message, you will hear an artist capable of conveying immeasurable emotion and power. Sounding a bit like Brian Ferry of Roxy Music, Rory Faithfield shows much more than mere promise....It would be impossible to listen and not believe that here is an artist ready to break loose. Rory Faithfield is an artist I will be following closely. Jack Baer - BIGBAER.com

Out of ‘Nowhere Somewhere Anywhere’ this is destined for the middle and the best. Gareth Gorman, LAM Magazine, London

....with singer-songwriters 10 a penny, it's refreshing and rather rare to find one who actually seems to know what he is doing......this is really rather promising, remember where you heard it first. Will Fulford-Jones, TNT Magazine, London


Debut Album - Review Excerts

....Songs that uplift the human spirit and encourage individualism as in "Dance your own dance and sing your own song". That's Rory Faithfield in a nutshell.....The home-grown strains of The Killjoys sparkling rootsy pop, and Luka Bloom's stadium folk for the bedroom are evident in Faithfield's passionate and earnest delivery....never has acoustic music been so resonant or so vital......a superb debut album. John O'Regan ROCK'N'REEL Magazine


This is one of those albums that slaps you right in the face and says "Wow! Where on earth did this guy come from?" The words and music absolutely floored me. "Dance Your Own Dance" should be every sentient beings theme song every day of their lives. It rings of a true-to-thy-self-let-freedom-ring awareness, and a strength that will inspire and move you with jolts of positive energy. This is great rock and roll music that has character, purity, and mindfulness that is rarely found in recordings today. The spirit of humanity is written all over this CD. Music like this gets the sparks flying and your blood circulating.
Keith Hannaleck- MUSICDISH


...an immense talent and a collection of songs that simply blew me away. I've heard this style of music from independent artists all over the world. Most of it is bland and many times boring for lack of originality. Rory Faithfield is an exception to that experience.
Michael Allison - TheGlobalMuse.com


...aside from the inherent message, you will hear an artist capable of conveying immeasurable emotion and power. Sounding a bit like Brian Ferry of Roxy Music, Rory Faithfield shows much more than mere promise.It would be impossible to listen and not believe that here is an artist ready to break loose. Rory Faithfield is an artist I will be following closely. Jack Baer - BIGBAER.com


The eponymous Mr Faithfield is a journeyman musician, slowly but slowly, and yes, very surely, thank you very much, he's been crafting his trade and now carving his niche. This album is blessed with many things; a warm acoustic, yet, when called for, dynamic sound. Lyrics that have been sweated and hunched over, and tunes penned by someone who knows his way around any guitar neck. He has picked up a few good hints by gigging incessantly and absorbing the influences of other great musicians. Like any bunch of fine songs, you'll feel like you know these songs from somewhere, but this is no stodgy retread of things that have gone before. Kicking off with a pure jolt , 'The Awakening' gives the impression of making an announcement, the trumpets have been blown and the general air of, I have arrived, make their feel. Not a song about looking back, but one scanning the horizons of the future. 'Nowhere Somewhere Anywhere', 'Dance Your Own Dance, and 'Down The River' continue the high level set by 'The Awakening', each one having that rare immediate impact. Dwell in the album longer though and some of the subtler songs start to leave their mark and other lyrical leitmotifs make their presence felt.Out of Nowhere Somewhere Anywhere this is destined for the middle and the best.
Gareth Gorman, LAM Magazine, London

..... Faithfield's paid his performing dues, and consequently this set is a lot less naive than many debut albums by acoustic based singer-songwriters. Part of this is due to a wonderfully sympathetic backing band - led by producer/guitarist Bill Shanley, and featuring, intriguingly, almost legendary former Bowie henchman Woody Woodmansey on drums - but much of this is a result of Faithfield's winning way with a tune, and his raw yet still espresso-rich voice. Don't come expecting anything new , mind: this is straight ahead, four chord acoustic rock with nary a twist in sight from start to finish. However, with singer-songwriters of faithfield's ilk 10 a penny in these strangely confessional '90s, it's refreshing and rather rare to find one who actually seems to know what he is doing....this is really rather promising, remember where you heard it first. Will Fulford-Jones, TNT Magazine, London

....catch yourself singing along to any number of user friendly choruses , or from an old romantic point of view, indulge your heart with the outstandingly beautiful 'Forsake' or 'Fallen', which have a mellowness and passion reminiscent of days gone by in Ireland....There is no doubting Faithfield's talent as a songwriter, and if this is the birth then I can only look forward to the coming of age. Evangeline Porter, Capital Live, London

Blood, Bones & Soul - Review Excerpts

The difference ...is attitude. In a scene infused with sedate melancholy or teeth-gritting angst, his relentlessly upbeat folk-rock courses with positive thinking and surges with vigorous musicality....Faithfield is invigorating and inspiring.... Peter Crawley - IRISH TIMES


...an impressive outing...not just for the quality of Faithfield’s songs but the production is spot on....while remaining true to Faithfield’d singer songwriter roots, has a classy quality running through it. The first track ‘Shed My Skin’ owes a lot to Al Stewart, but is followed by the more urgent ‘Rise Above’. But really turns the temperature up with the magnificently relentless ‘Endless’. ‘Burn’ has a Sting meets U2 quality to it, while the fidgety ‘Listen’ is infectious for both ears and feet....a fine album...
Jackie Hayden - HOTPRESS


Of all 10 songs present on the album, I can honestly say I like everyone. 'Shed My Skin' will have you singing it off by heart after the second listening, 'Rise Above' wouldn't sound lost on a U2 album, song 3 'Salvation' is the epitome of what this album is about, the catchiest, light rock/pop, lazy summer feel goodness. 'Blood, Bones & Soul' is a gospel sounding, powering anthem from which the album gets its name. It's very rare I would highly recommend an album, but for heavens sake kids, run, don't walk to your local music store!
Ian Johnston - UCC, Campus.ie


...promoting his second album, ‘Blood, Bones & Soul’, he played an engaging hour-long set, performing a mixture of older tunes and ones from the new record. Faithfield writes a nice lyric and his music is positive and, at times, irreverent. The punk influence is not entirely hidden: a lot of his songs are short up tempo affairs, kind of ‘power acoustic’ if you like...
Alan Brennan- Irish Independent


Rory Faithfield's brand of pop music contains a nice blend of classic pop and modern styles and sounds of today's music. The songs on this album are all a complete joy to experience. Blood, Bones & Soul is what today's music needs. I am completely impressed with the evolution of Rory Faithfield. His music is refined and very inspirational. The songs on this album show that a little time and a lot of hard work can make an artist into a certain superstar. That's the future I see for Rory Faithfield. He's definitely superstar material, and with music like this, he's well on his way.... This is one of those albums that not only do I enjoy hearing, but find myself singing along to. There's a singer/songwriting appeal to this music that makes it carry more weight than your typical disposable pop. This is for true music fans who are not impressed by flashy videos and empty lyrics. Rory Faithfield is a true artist, just waiting to be heard by true music fans.
Michael Allison - Music Dish.com

 
     
   
 

Rory Faithfield is a Dublin-based yet Australian born and bred singer-songwriter, with Celtic songlines in his head and grains of sand between his toes.

Undeterred by school reports - kicked out of singing class at age 6 and the School Band at 14 – Rory's journey began with the post-punk Sydney band scene. Inspired by The Saints, Hunters & Collectors, Birthday Party and X – he eschewed his middle-class beginnings in his search for something that felt more real. Like thousands of Australians, that search inevitably led to a one way ticket to London. “Walkabout” lasted 20 years and saw a reinvention in the fertile Dublin music scene. Rory was inspired by the sheer talent of solo artists such as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard who held their audiences transfixed.

Rory spent the 90's paying his songwriting and performance dues in the demanding pub circuits of Ireland and Germany. Between cries for “The Irish Rover” and “Whisky in the Jar”, Rory discovered his voice as a solo artist. 1998 saw the UK release of his debut album NOWHERE, SOMEWHERE, ANYWHERE. This was followed in 2002 by BLOOD, BONES & SOUL – described by the Irish Times: “his relentlessly upbeat folk-rock courses with positive thinking and vigorous musicality… Faithfield is invigorating and inspiring..”. With standout songs SHED MY SKIN and the anthemic RISE ABOVE. CIRCLE DANCE , a completely solo acoustic album, was released in 2007 – yet another step in confidence, energy and strength. "This is beautiful, straightforward storytelling, saturated in Irish folk traditions but with a keen edge born of Faithfield's days as a punk rocker in Sydney.

I was reminded of Paul Kelly's more lyrical excursions, which is a high compliment" (WEST AUSTRALIAN). Rory's fourth album SONGS FOR SOONER, is co-produced with renowned Irish music veteran Gavin Murphy and will be released in 2010. The multilayered album title harks to Sooner, a beautiful broken kelpie from a regional NSW farm that he rescued and nurtured. This album is the culmination of Faithfield's experience as an authentic songwriter and performer. Rory currently divides his time between Dublin and his home in Vasse on the West Australian coast, not far from famed wine country Margaret River. Until recently, Rory has flown largely under the radar of the music scene. Mesmerising Festival performances are changing things.

For more info and contact details, visit: Recent Australian Activity:

-        Played the prestigious Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia, one of the biggest, 50,000 people, on the bill with Saw Doctors, Eleanor McEvoy, Mairtin O'Connor.
-        Played the St Patricks Day Fest in Sydney's Hyde Park to 10,000 people.
-        Performed live sessions on both ABC Sydney & ABC Melbourne and 'Born In Sydney Town' is playlisted on both stations.
-        Album Of The Week on ABC Tasmania.
-        4 Star Review in 'The Australian' (national newspaper).

 

 
 
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