Whether looking out the window of a one bedroom apartment in Battersea or working in a television news studio with no natural daylight, wishing you were anywhere else, watching the sun set, became part of the day to day over the last few years.
The dream of free movement disappeared for all of us for a while, this song is about keeping that dream alive. As the summer comes into its final few weeks, ‘Red, Red Evening Sun’ is a toast to that returned freedom.
With no opportunity to tour given it was the very start of a two year pandemic, Jackson took to writing as many songs as possible to document the feelings of that time before heading back into a studio in Limerick between lockdowns over Christmas 2021 and St. Patrick’s Day 2022. Armed with a handful of songs about loss of identity, an uncertain future, concerns with society’s direction, and getting older against your will, the resulting album Now Is All is both hard fought and hard won.
Stripped Away the lead single, came out on 03.02.2023 to a huge amount of radio play.
BBC 6 Music and RTÉ Radio 1 in Ireland were early champions of the track. Steve Lamacq describing it as ‘deft of touch’ with Lilian Smith saying it is ‘gorgeous’.
The follow up single and title track ‘Now Is All’ has been described by 6Music’s Deb Grant as “Springlike and brilliant” while Siobhán Kane of the Irish Times gave the album a glowing review this week, remarking it is an album “peppered with intimacy and expansiveness”. Third single ‘Borrow Sorrow’ received airplay on both RTÉ and BBC.
Recorded by Micháel Keating (Bleeding Heart Pigeons) in Castletroy, Co. Limerick between Christmas 2021 and St. Patrick’s Day 2022. Drums and percussion by Brendan McInerney (Bleeding Heart Pigeons/ The Mary Wallopers).