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NIALL MC GUIGAN

New Album - "Spiritual Anarchy" - Available for Download 

MUSIC

Click on Buy Album below to download

1. Simple Message

2. Don't let the music die

 

3. Spiritual Anarchy

 

4. It hurts but it heals

 

5. Butterly

 

6. I See

 

7. Talisman

 

8. Saoirse

 

9. Whom are you?

 

10. Mother Father

 

Niall Mc Guigan - Vocals, guitar, mandolin

Paul mc Cabe - Bass guitar 

Paul Mc Elroy - Guitar, Mandolin 

Clare Foley - Backing vocals

Karl Cosgrove - Drums, percussion

Rafal Szydlowski - Violin

All songs were written by Niall Mc Guigan except track 10 (Cover of rainbow gathering song)

Produced by Niall Mc Guigan & Ben Reel

Recorded at Drumill Lane Recording Studio, Silverbridge, South Armagh

Mixed and mastered by Ben Reel


Artwork by Kevin Mallon (www.ogmadagda.com)

In memory of Kevin Quinn

Spiritual Anarchy

1. Simple message 

This song is about discovering the simplicity of being. It describes a simple recognition that at any moment we can internally recognize the mystery of life in ourselves and in others.

2. Don’t let the music die

 Everyone has something to give and it comes from our own unique experiences and self- expression. So don’t hold back or make yourself small, be who you are and say what you want.

3. Spiritual Anarchy 

To find out what is true, through the observation of our own direct experience and movements of the psychological mind, it is possible to go beyond our ideologies, religious, social and political dogma and find true freedom.

4. It hurts but it heals

 Transformation and change can be a painful but by embracing and fully feeling what we fear the most we can be liberated from suffering.

5. Butterfly

The butterfly is the symbol of transformation and change. It is a metaphor for human beauty and potential and that it is important to recognize that we all have the capacity to transform and grow.

6. I see

Through the recognition of our natural state, through clear seeing and being, we see our own beauty and the beauty in everything. This brings an inner strength to face all of life's challenges with heart, acceptance, and gratitude.

 

7. Talisman

 A Talisman is an object that brings good luck and fortune. This song expresses the view that we do not need a talisman or anything outside ourselves to be truly at peace and happy if we can discover who we truly are in our hearts.

 

8. Saorise

Soarise is the Irish word for freedom and mo chroí is the Irish word for my heart. The song describes the human qualities of humility, honesty, and gratitude in the quest for true freedom. 

 

9. Whom are you?

 Is inspired by the question “who am I”, the basic tenant of Ramana Maharishi’s method of self- inquiry. When we ask ourselves the question “who am I”, through awareness, the power of our psychological mind is lost and our true nature is revealed. 

 

10. Mother Father

The song is a cover version of a rainbow song. It represents the unity of everything in this world and that everything is a mirror to see ourselves more clearly realizing that we are all connected and one.

Niall Mc Guigan & Friend's Live At St.Ann's Church, Dublin 
This album is the live recording of the "Awareness" album launch performed at
St.Ann's Church, Dublin 
with the SUSO Gospel Choir in 2017

Download the full New Live Album and

receive free MP4 of the live concert

Click on buy album below to download

1. The Bigger Picture

2. Stillness

 

3. Spirit

 

4. What’s for you won’t pass you

 

5. Staring at the moon

 

6. She moved through the fair

 

7. Altai Magtaal

 

8. Buyant Gol

 

9. Communicate

 

10. The stronger the tree the deeper the roots

 

11. Yarrow

 

12. Warrior Soul

 

13. Typical Jah

14. I know me now

15. Grandma's hands

Niall Mc Guigan - Vocals, guitar, djembe drum, didgeridoo

Paul mc Cabe - Bass guitar 

Martin Og McAllister - Double bass 

Ronan Morgan - Drums & percussion 

Gerry Black - Lead guitar 

Backing vocals - Ben Reel, Clare Foley, Kelly Redmond, Julianne Reel

Accompanied by the SUSO Gospel Choir directed by Eimear Crehan on tracks 12 - 15

Mixed & mastered by Gerald Black at Drumill Lane Studios, Silverbridge, South Armsgh, Ireland

Live video recorded and edited by Robert Mc Guire

Recorded live at St. Ann's Church Dublin

"AWARENESS" - DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE
 
“Awareness” is inherently soothing and medicinal.  Its flowing rhythms and the gentle crescendo of Mc Guigan’s vocals create a calm that seems intrinsic to this singer’s creative vision. 
 
Colleen Taylor - The Irish Echo
 "An intense carnal whirl of sounds" 
Bryony Hegarty - Rock N Reel Magazine ****

Listen on Spotify

Click on buy album below to download

1. The Bigger Picture

2. Stillness

 

3. Spirit

 

4. What’s for you won’t pass you

 

5. Warrior soul

 

6. Staring at the moon

 

7. Altai Magtaal

 

8. Buyant Gol

 

9. Communicate

 

10. Typical Jah

 

11. The stronger the tree the deeper the roots

 

12. Yarrow

 

13. I know me now

Niall Mc Guigan - Vocals, guitar, djembe drum, didgeridoo, tenor saxophone 

Paul mc Cabe - Bass guitar 

Martin Og McAllister - Double bass 

Ronan Morgan - Drums & percussion 

Gerry Black - Lead guitar 

Backing vocals - Ben Reel (track 13), Clare Foley (track 7,10,12), Kelly Redmond (track 1,3,9,11), Julianne Reel (track 2,10

All songs written by Niall Mc Guigan except tracks 7 & 8 which are traditional Mongolian songs

Produced by Niall Mc Guigan & Ben Reel

Recorded at Drumill Lane Recording Studio, Silverbridge, South Armagh

Mastered by Masterlabs Recording Studio, Dublin


Artwork & photography by Taine King

AWARENESS

1. The Bigger Picture

 

The Bigger Picture was written in 2010 after a shamanic ritual in which I experienced complete connectedness to myself, others and the natural world. This ignited a deep longing for self-discovery and challenged many deeply held belief systems that I had previously believed to be a reality. The song is, therefore, an invitation to question whom you think you are and discover who you really are.

 

2. Stillness

 

Stillness describes the experience of profound inner stillness which can be linked with the breath and an opening of the heart. Through conscious breathing, there is a gateway to finding peace within ourselves.

 

3. Spirit

The song Spirit is a reflection on how our true nature or spirit can be suppressed by limiting belief systems, and the feeling of disconnection from ourselves and others in modern society. The chorus, which was taken from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, states “see yourself in others, what harm could you do, then whom could you hurt”.

 

4. What’s For You Won’t Pass You

 

In 2011 I made my way across Australia before reaching South America to conduct research for a future MA in Ethnomusicology on shamanism, music & healing. The song title was inspired by a phrase often spoken by my grandfather representing the trust needed to follow your intuition and acceptance towards everything you experience in life.

 

5. Warrior Soul

 

Warrior Soul describes the fighting spirit that is sometimes needed to overcome challenging experiences. The song represents a fighting spirit of willingness and sincerity to shine a light on the darker parts of the human psyche, which are sometimes difficult to acknowledge and bring into conscious awareness.

 

6. Staring At The Moon

 

After returning from South America in 2012 I began my MA in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths University London. This was a period of self-reflection and uncertainty as I sought to understand and integrate what I had experienced in South America. The song represents a daydreaming state in which I experience moments of clarity regarding important lessons that I had learned in relation to the importance of family, friends, and self-responsibility.

 

7. Altai Magtaal

 

During my MA in Ethnomusicology, I had the opportunity to learn Khoomii singing (Mongolian throat singing). The song is traditionally a praise song to the Altai Mountains in Mongolia. The version that I have recorded was arranged by my teacher Michael Ormiston. Michael learned Mongolian throat singing in Mongolia through traditional means and developed his own method of teaching the technique to western students.

 

8. Buyant Gol

 

Buyant Gol is a traditional Mongolian melody named after the Buyant River in Mongolia. Khoomii singing is believed to have developed as an imitation of nature with the high overtone representing the wind whistling between the mountains and the drone representing the continuous flow of the rivers and streams. The added verse is related to the healing power of being present, nature and music.

 

9. Communicate

 

In 2014 I began my training as a music therapist at the University of Limerick. As a part of an assignment, I was required to select songs that could potentially be used when working with future clients groups in areas such as Autism, Alzheimer’s or mental health. When searching for material, I adapted the lyrics of a poem used to create better eye contact with children with autism. The song developed into Communicate, a song that represents how music & music therapy creates connection.

 

10. Typical Jah

Typical Jah is a light-hearted view on the effects of karma and the roller-coaster of life. Even through difficult times, it is possible to have a smile on your face.

11. The Stronger The Tree The Deeper The Roots

 

In 2012 I experienced a “wake-up” call in relation to my personal health. This resulted in many positive lifestyle changes as I began to experiment with meditation, yoga, and qigong. The title of this song was inspired by my qigong teacher Nadine Buttery who used the visualization of a tree as a means of grounding one’s energy into the feet, staying rooted to the ground and present in the body throughout the practice.

 

12. Yarrow

 

This song resulted from a studio jam while making the album and incorporates the many different musical and cultural styles that I have encountered over the years. Using the Tibetan bowl, shicapa (leaves), didgeridoo, djembe, and shamanic chant, the song has an intensity which reflects my experiences of the shamanic world and influences from heavy rock and aboriginal culture.

 

13. I Know Me Now

 

The final song represents a personal experience of music as therapy as the melody and lyrics came directly after a heart-opening experience during my qigong practice. Each time I sing or listen to this song it connects me to that moment. It represents for me the power of music to affect our emotional state and to facilitate healing and positive transformation.

Free Download - Spirit (remix)

 
 
 

BIO

Hons. BA Applied Music, MA Ethnomusicology, MA Music Therapy

Niall Mc Guigan is a musician and practicing music therapist from Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan, Ireland. Specializing in medical ethnomusicology, Niall has researched the topic of music & healing within shamanic & neo-shamanic traditions and also the development of therapeutic presence as a music therapist.

 

As a musician he has performed in a variety of bands ranging from metal, grunge, rock, traditional Irish music, funk & reggae and also at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Arcadian fields (Ireland), Glastonbury (UK), Earth Garden & The Bubble Festival (Malta), Sacred Feminine Healing Festival (Czech Republic), & Psy-fi Festival (Netherlands).

The debut album “Awareness” is a collection of songs written over a period of six years expressing experiences of travel, education and self-discovery. Similar to the idea of songlines, a term used in aboriginal culture to describe songs that create a map, each song has a distinct story, life lesson or meditation that guides attention within, towards self-discovery and connection with the heart. 

The album incorporates many musical styles including reggae, folk, rock, and Khoomii (Mongolian throat singing). This is fused with a variety of cross-cultural influences ranging from South American shamanism to eastern meditation practices.

Niall is currently touring Ireland & Europe with his experiential concert "Discovering stillness through music & self-enquiry". This is an experiential music concert which offers participants the opportunity to recognize our natural state,  a state of "being" and authenticity through music, dialogue, and group voice work.

The interactive nature of the concert and introspective focus unlocks our ability to observe and question the psychological mind using awareness and the natural curiosity of self-discovery.

Music is an incredible tool which helps us to access a deeper connection with the heart as it is through the heart that we deepen our sense of "being". Through this connection, self-inquiry can begin to uncover our true nature, the heart of reality and an ever-present stillness within.

Niall has released his third album "Spiritual Anarchy". The album is a continuation from his debut Awareness album and is a reflection of the spiritual journey and the resulting breakdown of our psychological belief systems, ideologies, and social and cultural conditioning through self-inquiry and the desire for truth and true freedom. The musical style is a return to Niall's rock roots, in keeping with the eclectic world music feel of his last album fusing Mongolian throat singing, reggae, folk, and alternative rock.

VIDEOS

Spiritual Anarchy
Spirit
Yarrow
The Bigger Picture
Althai Magtaal 
Grandma's hands with SUSO Choir

LIVE SHOWS

Jan 01, 2019

Tuesday to Sunday 1st to 6th + 8th to 13th + 15th to 20th + 22nd 27th

Tel: +376 399 347 Admission Free -- From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Niall Mc Guigan - The Underground Bar - Carrer Bearn, 16, AD200 Pas de la Casa, Andorra January 2019

Feb 01, 2019

Tuesday to Sunday 5th to 10th + 12th to 17th + 19th to 24th

Tel: +376 399 347 Admission Free -- From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Niall Mc Guigan - The Underground Bar - Carrer Bearn, 16, AD200 Pas de la Casa, Andorra Febuary 2019

Mar 01, 2019

Tuesday to Sunday 5th to 10th + 12th to 17th + 19th to 24th

Tel: +376 399 347 Admission Free -- From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Niall Mc Guigan - The Underground Bar - Carrer Bearn, 16, AD200 Pas de la Casa, Andorra March 2019

Apr 17, 2019

Starts 10pm

Admission free +353 47 81789

Niall Mc Guigan - Hosting Open Mic Night - Mc Kennas Bar, 62 Dublin St, Roosky, Monaghan, H18 HD92, Ireland

Apr 18, 2019

Shows starts: 8pm - Wildwood Supper Club - Vegan Tapa's BYOB - For Reservations Call 087 753 5232

35 Euro

Niall Mc Guigan - The Wildwood Cafe, Liberties of Carlingford, Omeath, Co. Louth

Apr 20, 2019

Starts 10pm

Admission Free +353 42 974 0216

Niall Mc Guigan & The Brown Notes Band - Conabury, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

Apr 25, 2019

Starts 10pm

Admission Free +353 42 974 0216

Niall Mc Guigan - The Horsemans Bar - Conabury, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

May 11, 2019

Start time 21.00 www.monumentje.nl/

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Café 't Monumentje, Westerstraat 120, 1015 MP Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 15, 2019

Start time 21.00 +356 9909 8167

Free

Niall Mc Guigan & Karl Cosgrove (The Krauts) - Zeppi's Pub, Triq Il Kuncizzjoni, Il-Qala, Malta

May 17, 2019

For more info visit www.pauleijkemans.com

mcguiganniall@gmail.com

Circle of Being - Self-Enquiry Retreat, Island of Gozo, Malta,

May 23, 2019

This is a retreat open to the public. For more info visit www.pauleijkemans.com

295 Full Weekend Price

Circle of Being - Self-Enquiry Retreat, Dublin, Ireland

May 31, 2019

Start time 21.00 http://www.lapiennoir.nl/

Free

Niall Mc Guigan - Little Fly / La Pien Noir, Koningstraat 58, 2011 TD Haarlem, Netherlands

Jun 27, 2019

http://www.pauleijkemans.com/

To paraticipate contact paul@eijkemans.com

Niall Mc Guigan - Circle of Being - Switzerland

Jul 04, 2019

Limited spaces - Email mcguiganniall@gmail.com

5 - 10 Euro Donation

Niall Mc Guigan - Discovering stillness through music & self-Inquiry - Private House Concert, Utrect, Netherlands

Jul 05, 2019

Start time 21.00 http://www.lapiennoir.nl/

Free

Niall Mc Guigan - Little Fly / La Pien Noir, Koningstraat 58, 2011 TD Haarlem, Netherlands

Jul 12, 2019

Start time 23.00 https://www.thewolfhound.nl/ 023 525 9054

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - The Wolfhound Irish Bar & Kitchen, Riviervismarkt 9, 2011 HJ Haarlem, Netherlands

Jul 22, 2019

Start time: 20.30 023 551 2129

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Lokaal - Dutch Beer Bar - Koningstraat 46, 2011 TD Haarlem

Jul 24, 2019

Start time: 10pm +353 47 81789

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Hosting Open Mic Night - Mc Kennas Bar, 62 Dublin St, Roosky, Monaghan, H18 HD92, Ireland

Jul 25, 2019

Start time: 21.30 +353 28 20662

Free

Niall Mc Guigan - The Jolly Rodger Bar, Farranacoush, Sherkin Island, West Cork. Ireland

Jun 07, 2019

Start time: 22.00 Contact - 023 202 0057 www.tierneysirishpub.nl

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Tierney's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Spekstraat 8, 2011 HM Haarlem, Netherlands

Jul 26, 2019

Start time: 21.30 +353 28 20662

Free

Niall Mc Guigan - The Jolly Rodger Bar, Farranacoush, Sherkin Island, West Cork. Ireland

Jul 31, 2019

Start time 9pm (042) 935 2697

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan & Friends - The Spirit Store Backroom, George's Quay, Marsh North, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland

Aug 01, 2019

Start time: 9.45 (042) 937 3116

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - McKevitts Village Hotel, Market Street, Liberties of Carlingford, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Aug 02, 2019

Drawing Room Stage - Start time 17.00 (042) 937 1318

Tickets Available: https://www.universe.com/events/arcadian-field-festival-tickets-dundalk-8L1R9J?fbclid=IwAR2uo4R8pg4Y0Nf-dBEgRS67pT1zcdncoVVd5dnUTUFGKfD4atFG2CB00Zg

Niall Mc Guigan & Friends - Arcadian Fields Boutique Festival, Bellurgan Park, Bellurgan, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland

Aug 09, 2019

https://www.healingfestival.eu/?lang=en

30 percent discount if tickets are bought before 02/07/2019 - Follow this link - https://www.smsticket.cz/vstupenky/17327-healing-festival-vip-sleva?fbclid=IwAR15pSQlas2JNjiiPSQoj4bPK56pvU8OcQV25oYjR2xkslPD_BebkLYZUFM

Niall Mc Guigan - Healing Festival, Sacred Femine Energy - Marianske Udoli, Brno, Czezh Republic

Aug 14, 2019

Start time: 8pm Support act to be announced - https://theworkmansclub.com/

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/niall-mc-guigan-friends-album-launch-spiritual-anarchy-tickets-64354284397?fbclid=IwAR0jXXdpgx_79aqxeLrR77KzQpFCCfoebWAqzx9APB2LgKvoeR74clil1XM

Niall Mc Guigan & Friends - "New Album - Spiritual Anarchy Album Launch" - The Workman's Club, The Workman’s Club 10 Wellington Quay Dublin 2

Aug 22, 2019

Start time: 22.00 Contact - 023 202 0057 www.tierneysirishpub.nl

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Tierney's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Spekstraat 8, 2011 HM Haarlem, Netherlands

Aug 27, 2019

Dates and venue to be announced for the workshop

Tickets available here - https://www.psy-fi.nl/

Niall Mc Guigan - Discovering stillness through music & self-inquiry workshop - Psy-fi Festival, De Groene Ster", Groningerstraatweg, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Aug 27, 2019

Date & venue to be announced

Tickets available on the website - https://www.psy-fi.nl/

Niall Mc Guigan - Learning Tagnain Palatal Khoomi (Mongolian throat singing) - Niall Mc Guigan - Psy-fi Festival, De Groene Ster", Groningerstraatweg, Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Sep 14, 2019

Start time 21.00 www.monumentje.nl/

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Café 't Monumentje, Westerstraat 120, 1015 MP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sep 17, 2019

Tagnain Khoomii Singing Workshop - 11.45 - 12.45 Peace Grove Area

Tickets available here https://thebubble.com.mt/

Niall Mc Guigan - The Bubble Festival - A festival of life, The Bubble, NGO, Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta

Sep 18, 2019

Hosting the Space Jam Event - 20.00 Tower Stage

Tickets available here https://thebubble.com.mt/

Niall Mc Guigan - The Bubble Festival - A festival of life, The Bubble, NGO, Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta

Sep 19, 2019

Discovering stillness through music & self-inquiry - 15.00- 16.30 Peace Grove Area

Tickets available here https://thebubble.com.mt/

Niall Mc Guigan - The Bubble Festival - A festival of life, The Bubble, NGO, Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta

Sep 19, 2019

Awareness & Spiritual Anarchy Album perfromance - 21.00 - Tower stage

Tickets available here https://thebubble.com.mt/

Niall Mc Guigan - The Bubble Festival - A festival of life, The Bubble, NGO, Ghajn Tuffieha, Malta

Sep 26, 2019

Start time: 21.30

Audience Donation

Niall Mc Guigan & Rick Gray (Shared Concert) - Culucu Bar, Hohe Str. 123, 47533 Kleve, Germany

Oct 01, 2019

Start time: 22.30 - https://www.stiels.nl/

Free

Niall Mc Guigan - Cafe Stiels, Smedestraat 21, 2011 PT Haarlem, Netherlands

Oct 03, 2019

Start time: 22.00 - https://www.irishpub-fleetenkieker.de/ +49 40 36093599 -

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Fleetenkieker Irish Bar, 10, Börsenbrücke, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Oct 04, 2019

Start time: 22.00 - https://www.irishpub-fleetenkieker.de/ +49 40 36093599 -

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Fleetenkieker Irish Bar, 10, Börsenbrücke, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Sep 27, 2019

Doors open @7pm - Concert from 8pm - 10pm - Followed by open jam night

Donation

Niall Mc Guigan - House Concert - Kermisdahlstraße 7, 47533 Kleve, Germany

Oct 09, 2019

Start time: 10pm +353 47 81789

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Hosting Open Mic Night - Mc Kennas Bar, 62 Dublin St, Roosky, Monaghan, H18 HD92, Ireland

Oct 11, 2019

+353 87 631 0594

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan & Band - Spiritual Anarchy Tour - Latte La, Thomas Ashe street Cavan , Ireland

Oct 11, 2019

Starts 10pm

Admission Free +353 42 974 0216

Niall Mc Guigan & Band - Spiritual Anarchy Tour - Conabury, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

Oct 07, 2019

Start time 8pm +44 28 9074 3964

8 STG Admission

Niall Mc Guigan - Spiritual Anarchy Tour - The American Bar - 65 Dock St, Belfast BT15 1LF, United Kingdom

Oct 16, 2019

Start time 21.30 https://www.bewleys.com/ie/grafton-street-cafe/

15.00 Euro

Niall Mc Guigan - Discovering stillness through music & self-inquiry - Bewleys Street Cafe, 78- 79 Grafton Street, Dublin, D02 K033, Ireland

Oct 25, 2019

Start time 22.00 http://www.lapiennoir.nl/

Free

Niall Mc Guigan - Little Fly / La Pien Noir, Koningstraat 58, 2011 TD Haarlem, Netherlands

Nov 16, 2019

Start time: 22.00 Contact - 015 888 1522 www.tierneysirishpub.nl

Free entry

Niall Mc Guigan - Tierney's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Kromstraat 29, 2611 EP Delft, Netherlands

Nov 17, 2019

Start time: 14.00 Limited spaces available -https://www.sofarsounds.com/leiden

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