Songwriter and Ennis native Peter Keane penned ‘The Gathering’ in 1999 following years spent playing the vibrant music scene in New York and Boston. The song reflects an emigrant’s absence from his homeland and looking forward to a home-coming in Ireland. His ambition was always to professionally produce the song and make it available to a wider audience. In mid 2012 Peter approached the Gathering Clare 2013 Steering Group for support and advice. The Steering Group instantly connected with the song and adopted it as one of its major initiatives for the Gathering 2013 year .
The song is a celebration of Clare people all over the world and reinforces the fact that County Clare is the undisputed home of traditional music.
Emerging young local group Socks in the Frying Pan was selected as the group to perform the song. With their recently released debut album and a growing popularity both at home and abroad the group led by vocalist Aodán Coyne gave the song their own interpretation including harmonies and instrumentation from brothers Shane and Fiachra Hayes.
Produced by Paul Byrne of Optophonic, the song is now available to promote the county in national and international markets. Available on iTunes.
Written by Peter Keane
Performed by Socks in the Frying Pan
Produced by Paul Byrne
Engineered by Conor Brady at Phonic Studios
Guest Vocals by Karen Cowley (Wyvern Lingo)
Additional guitars by Conor O’Farrell Brady
Drums by Paul Byrne
Released on I-NV-U Records 2013
Directed and edited by Paul Byrne
Camera Peter O’Doherty
Special thanks to everyone who turned up and joined in the making of the video.