Influential local artist Brian Hassan’s first foray into studio recording will pay homage to the cultural and ancestral heritage of Strabane.
Funded by the Arts Council, ‘Tales from Home’ features locally inspired song writing, a host of Strabane musicians and production from Peter Martin Doherty.
A recently retired fire-fighter, Brian’s endeavours as a musician have saw him support the likes of Bagatelle, Sharon Shannon and Dr Hook and the Medicine Show. With the new album Brian is looking forward to taking the next step in his musical career.
“I am very excited to release my first album, which is rooted in folk tradition,” he said. “As a new venture, I am very pleased with the finished product and how it pays homage to the heritage of Strabane and the surrounding area.”
According to Brian, many of the songs on the album are based on his experiences in and around Strabane.
“Goodbye to You deals with the theme of emigration. In recent years, many young people have left for far off places like Australia and America, never to return. Another song, Let the Dance Begin, relates to the age old practice of dancing at a crossroads and makes reference to the Tinneys in Strabane.”
Realising his vision was by no means straightforward. Considering the costs and challenges associated with album production, Brian was overwhelmed to receive Arts Council funding to support the project.
“The project wouldn’t have been possible without funding, which I am very grateful for,” he said. “One of the requirements from the Arts Council was that local musical talent be involved. I was all too happy to enlist the talents of Bridgeen Tully, Chris McMullan, Des McGonigle, Maura O’Connor and Jacqueline McKay.
“We all agree the finished result is very pleasing. I would also like to thank Peter Martin Doherty, who handled the production masterfully, and Joe Gallagher, who has been indispensable throughout my career.”
- The album will be available from Monday, December 18 from Brian, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and Google Play.