The Darkling Air

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The second & self titled single release 'The Darkling Air'.

'Untamed & Beloved' exclusive, physical album release & launch show 25th August 2016. For tickets visit


The darkling air descends it's veil upon the rugged hills.
I stayed too long and now I can't see anything.
Though the night is young, my glass is full,
It's another done deal,
With a tendency to sting you in the morning.

Barefoot through the wilderness
It's what I'm comprehending.
Magnificent yet cold, and cruel, and unforgiving.

Deep it lies the olden spring, broken by the years,
Now quilted by a heather bed is sleeping.
Nature stands to nurture life then leaves it to decay.
I collect the bones she casts away.

Barefoot through the wilderness,
It's what I'm comprehending.
Magnificent yet cold and cruel, and scorning.
I feel it all, I feel my way until I finally find you.
I do it all in hope
I do it all of love.


released August 19, 2016
released August 19th, 2016
Vocals - Rachel McCarthy. Piano - Michael Keeney. Bv's - Rachel McCarthy. Violin 1 - Clare Hadwen. Violin 2 - Kathleen Gillespie. Viola - Richie Hadwen. Cello - Dave Edmonds.

Written by Rachel McCarthy & Michael Keeney
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Michael Keeney



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the darkling air Northern Ireland, UK

When songwriter and vocalist Rachel McCarthy (Farriers) met composer and producer Michael Keeney (Foy Vance, Duke Special) while mixing a record in Donegal some years ago, a future collaboration was inevitable.

Expect ambient soundscapes and haunting vocals underpinned by guitar, piano and strings - The Darkling Air album launch promises exciting and beautiful new music.
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