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Happenstance's Brian Gallagher launches first solo album


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Titled simply Gallagher, Brian Gallagher will be performing his first solo album at Cunningham’s Pub in Hudson this Saturday, June 10, and admission is free.

With a piano-playing mom and a grandmother whose job it was to tinkle the ivories at silent movie houses, it seems that Hudsonite Brian Gallagher was destined to become a singer-musician from a very early age.

Over the years, in addition to countless sold-out stage performances, he has released five albums and has contributed to three singles in the U.S. but always within the framework of another band of which he is a member. Namely, Hudson-based Happenstance which started out as a folk-Celtic trio and which he co-founded back in 2008, and the American-Canadian group, As the crow flies.

Gallagher will launch his first-ever solo album simply titled Gallagher featuring 11 original numbers that he himself wrote. The launch will happen in his hometown on Saturday, June 10, at Cunningham’s Pub on Cameron which he says has always supported him since the early days and where he still plays regularly on a stage that he and fellow Hudsonite, Andrew Dumas, actually built and covered in carpet from his basement.

Your Local Journal caught up with Gallagher earlier this week to learn more including the fact that it has not come about by happenstance.

“I have always wanted to do my own solo album especially after being so involved in the recording of the last Happenstance album,” he said. “I had my first crack at recording and engineering on the As the crow flies album and wanted to continue evolving and learning so I took on the task of making a solo album from conception to completion right here in my home studio, Farmboy, in Hudson.”

Explaining the principal theme throughout the album, Gallagher, who took a break from Happenstance late last year to work on his solo project, added, “It's very much a personal one for me and the songs tackle a lot of trials and tribulations of relationships as well as losing someone. In fact, the genesis of a lot of them was during the tough time I had with my mother’s passing. But some songs go way back almost 20 years. I hope that the album has the emotional musical feel to it that I intended and the intensity of the lyrics connects with people.”

As for the songs themselves, there are upbeat folk-rockers like 1800 days and Mistaken, as well as some emotional numbers such as Run back to me, Complicated, and Waiting for the words. Gallagher's personal favourite? The lead track, The first kiss and the long road, about someone who reconnects with their first love years later.

And the musicians? Laughs Gallagher, “On eight of the songs they are me, myself, and I. I played all of the instruments and sang all the vocals. A close knit-band with a lot of infighting during the recording process I can tell you!”

Right now, the album can be ordered from Bandcamp as a download or physical CD at gallagherofficial.bandcamp.com or you can contact Gallagher directly on Facebook at facebook.com/gallagherofficial. It will also be available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify in about a week.

To hear it live, the launch-show starts at Cunningham's Pub, 84 Cameron, Hudson, at 9 p.m. this Saturday, June 10, and admission is free. For reservations, call (450) 458-2122.

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