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Somewhere between
Right and wrong,
Giving up and getting along,
Crossed paths and ways parted.
Between seasons,
Hindsights and Horizons,
We found these songs.
~ Equinox

In April 2014, sensing a peak in their collective chemistry and musicianship, the Carolan Brothers retreated to the secluded grounds of Balmarino House, just outside Drogheda, on the banks of the River Boyne. Here, under the direction of local producer, Neil Conlan, the 18th century house was transformed into a recording studio, with the band using its rooms, and the surrounding grounds, to influence every aspect of the EP - from the music itself to the artwork.

The result is 'Equinox': a deeply personal reflection of uncertain progress between seasons. The EP's 5 songs are a short story of drunken epiphanies and romantic lessons learned by trial and error, with the group bring all manner of instruments to bear over the course of the EP's 25 minutes, including haunting violin parts, dainty keys and jagged guitar hooks.

'Equinox' typifies what the Carolan Brothers are about: nuts'n'bolts folk music, preserving natural sound and attention to songcraft. But they maintain its just a sample of the broad range of music in their growing songbook. They hope this EP connects them with kindred musical spirits and like-minded individuals, with a view to garnering enough support for another release.

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released June 27, 2014

Artwork by Ailbhe Rogers. Design by Gene Carolan.
Euphonium, Trumpet & Saxophone on "When I Am To Die": Barry, Neil and Rory Conlan.

The Carolan Brothers would like to thank: Brian Connolly and Sean Ógy Collins, for providing so much of the equipment necessary for this project. Sean McCluskey and Charlie McAuley, for the additional amps and guitars, respectively. The Watery Hill Boys, Huey & The Hobgoblins and the musicians of Carberry's Pub for the support and inspiration. Finally, very special thanks to Neil Conlan for opening his ears, and his house, to our music, and for giving all his time and patience to this project.

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The Carolan Brothers are a 6-piece folk and roots-rock band hailing from Drogheda, Ireland. The band place an emphasis on storytelling in the folk tradition, punctuated by memorable melodies and sweeping musical interludes. The band have become known for their distinctive vocal harmonies, and continue to draw an esteemed following with their raw, natural sound and retro-folk stylings. ... more

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Track Name: Pennies
Brother dear, I hate to be so petty,
But I'm calling in the change that you owe me
If I had, if I had all of your pennies,
I would be a very rich man indeed.

Cos though, they might not seem like much,
The pennies all add up but you can always count on my love
Though, they might not seem like much,
The pennies all add up but you can always count on my love

Brother dear, I would give you back your pennies,
I would give them back to you as soon as you know
That if I called in all the favours I done for you,
All the acts I've done in love, you'd be a very poor soul.

Cos though, the pennies all add up,
They wouldn't amount to much if you could not count on my love
Though, the pennies all add up,
They wouldn't amount to much if you could not count on my love

I know I treat you rough,
And if I ever ask too much, you can always count on my love
Though it might not seem like much, and it never gets said enough,
But you can always count on my love.

Brother dear, don't spend life counting pennies,
To live as a rich man, but die a poor soul.
Track Name: When I Am To Die
Oh my good Lord, I got so much to live for,
I got my health, a loving woman, and my family
So if there must come a time, when I am to die,
Please let it be now cos I'm so happy.

You will find me propping up the bar, drinking through the last straw,
Thinking back on all the things I've done
I'm just putting off the morning, cos I know that come tomorrow,
I will have to face the storm that's sure to come.

Oh my good Lord, I got so much to live for,
I got my health, a loving woman, and my family
So if there must come a time, when I am to die,
Please let it be now cos I'm so happy.

You will find me stumblin' my way home in the early hours of mornin,'
Whistlin' to myself a happy tune.
If the Lord must take my soul, then he should take it at this moment
Cos the only song I'll know by mornin' is the blues.

Oh my good Lord, I got so much to live for,
I got my health, a loving woman, and my family
So if there must come a time, when I am to die,
Please let it be now cos I'm so happy.
For my girl could up and leave me in the mornin' if she pleases,
My body could be riddled with diseases.
And if I never do get better, at least family is forever,
and I'll see them all some day I do believe.

In the mornin', I will wake up and I'll know that trouble has found me,
And I have lived to face this awful day.
Well, I best get on with it, I'll die tryin' my best to live,
And act and live more like the good book say.

Oh my good Lord, I got so much to live for,
I got my health, a loving woman, and my family
So if there must come a time, when I am to die,
Please let it be now cos I'm so happy.
For my girl could up and leave me in the mornin' if she pleases,
My body could be riddled with diseases.
And if I never do get better, at least family is forever,
and I'll see them all some day I do believe.
Yes, I will see them all some day I do believe.
Track Name: Longest Winter
Come a little closer in this dying light,
These are our last hours so let's not fight.
Our little ship is sinking and our race is run,
So hold me while we wonder what has happened
To us.

Seems like only yesteryear was summertime,
The green leaves of our tree in bloom, our roots entwined,
That's when every moment was spent making love,
To think of then seems shallow now, it's meaningless
To us.

Maybe then this winter's all we need
We fall from favour like the autumn leaves.
Trampled under feet of others, in the spring we'll take new lovers
By the summer, you'll discover, your love don't grow for me.

You wrote me a letter, it said "I love you, and here's why,"
I knew I could not better it so I did never try.
It was not for lack of tenderness, but for words I could not find.
Now I've found them in this song but you're no longer mine,
We're no longer us.

Maybe then this winter's all we need,
But I had thought our love was evergreen,
In that it would last forever, but on the day that we untethered,
We both struggled to remember a time when you loved me.

Now that day is breaking, it is time for me to leave.
Something pulls me t'wards your door but I cannot believe,
That such a thing is happening to you and me.
I hope when you find someone who can make you happy,
You will think of us.

Cos there's no you or me,
We're alone, and that don't make much sense to me,
Not much sense at all
It seems like such a waste of love,
Seems like such a wasted, wasted, waste of love.
Track Name: We Were Lovers Once
We were lovers once, ours was a tragic affair,
You were my secret, I swore I would keep it,
But nobody knew how I cared.
We were lovers once, and we got used to the shadow,
When you see me on the street, try your best not to meet me,
For fear that somebody should know
The things we shared a long time ago.

We were lovers once, though we were never in love,
We shared memories and bled intimacies,
But I could never get close enough.
Yes, we were lovers once, though these days we can't share a word,
A distance has grown 'tween your heart and my own,
And our past is a thing that's ignored for our future we could not afford.

Isn't it strange how our feelings have changed,
How you once lit up my world?
I don't feel that way anymore.
To think we were lovers before.

We were lovers once, but now I only see you on darkened streets
Longingly you stand as you wait for your new man,
Well, does he remind you of me?
When we were lovers once? And we had our own hideaways?
When love was deceiving and hard to believe in,
So I questioned the things you would say,
And imagination would carry us away.

When it was midnight, I'd wait under street lights,
Just to steal one word or two.
Do you ever think of us then
And wish to be lovers again?

Now when I'm drinking, it's of you I'm thinking,
And that's when I knock on your door.
You say I'm unable to trust, "we were only in lust,"
And to think that we were lovers once."
Track Name: Augustine
Well first I lived for others but they did not live by me,
They were swayed by ways of base sensuality.
I could not let it go on, blind my eyes or hold my tongue,
So they cast me off and sank into immorality.

Then I took a lover and lived for her entirely,
But she was given to living independently.
The writing was on the wall and my bags littered her hall,
And it was harder to part with her so amicably.

Next I lived for myself and I lived quite happily.
Sated by my state of self-sufficiency.
But soon I found myself among the friends I had once frowned upon,
And I frequented their dens of gross indecency.

Though tarnished by the carnage I revelled in greedily.
I might have been saved from the depraved quite easily.
But my habits had taken hold, they die hard and we die old
And in this harem, not a care in the world occurs to me.

While out and down, I was found by a girl who would love me,
A woman of good grace, taste and purity.
In the midst of that quagmire, she found something to admire,
And she fell for me so rapidly and totally.

She unlocked the shackles that weighed me down so heavily,
And I am hers and she is mine exclusively.
But I will not up my nose, or look down from a-high at those
Who seek comfort in the bosom of promiscuity.

For though we are together and live ever happily,
The lowlights of my life burn incandescently.
I am human and can be tempted and by lust I'm still affected,
So like Augustine, I pray for chastity eventually... But not immediately.

And though I am tied down, I am bound willingly,
And the chains that bind don't burden me.
There is no sense in seeking happiness in someone's being,
Find it in yourself and the rest will follow naturally.