Century Of The Self, the debut album release from contemporary folk songwriter Brian Barron begins way back down the line in 2018. The songs after being written were tried and tested on stages throughout Dublin and Ireland from The Workman to the Galway Fringe and back again. The songs, though steeped in traditional structures are born of a keen awareness of the full scope of the modern world. Outwardly looking rather than introspective and self serving. Holding a mirror up to an ever increasingly polarised world. With a knack for storytelling and a passion for authentic music, Brian Barron is celebrating the launch of his second album with the release of his latest single, Junkie Boy.
Junkie Boy was recorded, along with the rest of Brian Barron's 2nd album "The World Keeps Turning" in one day in Hellfire studios with violinist Jayne Eleanor. It is an acoustic lullaby about the world of addiction, dedicated to those who have found themselves on the losing side of that battle. While the term ‘junky’ is often portrayed in a negative light, Barron attempts to paint the world of an addict in a lighter tone through the lyrical message of his music. A musical savant, Barron draws inspiration from American folk singer Arlo Guthrie and the legendary Bob Dylan for his latest masterpiece, combining the use of reflective lyrics and acoustic chord progressions to give Junky Boy an authentic feel throughout
It carries the trademark slightly political tone in the lyrics but it's a snapshot of the harsh reality at the same time. Brian Barron isn't shy to call things as they are. This is a type of a song that Woody Guthrie would have come up with. A protest song dealing with social issues, a call to action.
Barron possesses the unique ability of being able to paint a picture of different people’s lives through his music. In The World Keeps Turning, the Irish musician tells the tale of legendary outlaw Martin Cahill and details life in a forgotten Polish village where only the children remain.
The World Keeps Turning consists of eight riveting tracks including its namesake - a track about the ephemeral nature of mankind in the shadow of mother nature.
"Well it's up in the morning to get your fix,
With hollow eyes and bones as brittle as sticks.
Yesteryears childhood seems so far away,
Those innocent years when you laughed and played"