A New Season For Love by Cormac O Caoimh

CD Review
Title: A New Season For Love
Artist:  Cormac O Caoimh
Label: Independent
Released: 2012
Stars:  4.5

Cormac O Caoimh is an exceptionally gifted songsmith and classical guitarist from Cork, Ireland.  A former member of The Citadels, Cormac reunited with Art O Laoire and Eoghan Regan for his latest musical offering of jazz/folk ballads, A New Season For Love, which will be officially released on April 27, 2012.  Its sound is one of simple, stripped down production with only keyboards and guitars, but perfection lies within its quietude.  I’m one of the lucky ones who’ve had a sneak preview in advance and the biggest compliment I can give this recording is that I never get tired of listening to it.

As warm and sweet as a tumbler of fine cognac on a cold winter’s eve, A New Season For Love is unabashedly romantic, soothing and sensual with its classical acoustic guitar, poetic lyrics, and dulcet, cashmere vocals.  The significant thing about O Caoimh’s voice is that it doesn’t immediately remind you of anyone else, even though it has been said that his sound would complement records by Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Damien Rice.

If someone were to ask me why I love Irish singer-songwriters so much, I’d give them this CD to listen to as my answer.  A thinking woman’s songwriter, every song in Cormac’s collection not only evokes introspection, but a primal longing for the earthly elements of love, understanding and human contact that makes it irresistible to this quixotic heart.  Charmed isn’t the word…seduced…perhaps.  Losing yourself in hushed, hypnotic tracks like “There’s Gold There Somewhere”, “100,000”, “Counting The Raindrops”, “Herculean Sky”, “Remember When We Didn’t Kiss”, and “Perfect Mistress For A King” (the last two being my favourites) will make your heart sigh with their lyrical splendor and earnest desire.

The first single, also entitled “A New Season For Love” is the most buoyant of this serene symphony, and it will be available on March 16th but you can hear it now on Cormac’s YouTube Channel.

If I was called in
To form a religion
You’d be my god
And if I made the spring
I’d create a new season
Just for us to live in

The axis of the earth
Can tilt more to the sun
And summer can wait
‘Til the season’s done
A new season
A new season for love

If you’re looking for a CD to spin when you need a blanket of tranquility or to stimulate your passion, A New Season For Love is the perfect choice.  Buy it.  Seriously…just buy it.

Find Out How Fund It Can Help Irish Artists Create Fantastic New Projects!

Since most of my favourite musicians and singer-songwriters come from Ireland, I thought I would pass along some information about Ireland’s new project funding initiative, Fund It, which “gives everyone the power to help good ideas happen.”  Fund It provides a platform for Irish people with great ideas to attract funding from friends, fans and followers across the world using social media.

Fund it is for any creative project or idea in Ireland, whether by an individual, a group or an organisation. Projects must comply with our guidelines and Project Creators must agree to our terms of use.

Project Creators should also demonstrate that they have a contact network (email lists, social media network etc). Fund it provides the platform for Creators, but the onus is on Creators to spread the word about their project to their friends, family, contacts and followers.

You can read more FAQ about Fund It here.

I have two wonderful Irish musician friends, Cormac O Caoimh (formerly of The Citadels) and Peter O Toole (formerly of Hothouse Flowers) who currently have new CD projects on Fund It.  If you click on the links above at Cormac and Peter’s names, you will be taken to their project information.  There you will have the opportunity to be rewarded for your pledge with not only a copy of their new CDs but much more depending upon your pledge level.

To learn more about Cormac O Caoimh and his music, check him out online

Photo by Shane A Supple



[There is truly gold there!]

Photo by Christine Bode (2002)

Discover Peter O Toole and his music on:



If you’re a music fan like I am, it’s really fun and exciting to watch an artist create a new project from the ground up!  This is an innovative grass roots movement for Crowdfunding Ireland’s creativity, and Cormac and Peter will keep us informed about their projects every step of the way.  Good luck to you gentlemen.  I can’t wait to hear your new music!