Owen Diviney “Endless Time” CD Review
First of all…Owen Diviney is probably one of the nicest, most caring and giving persons I have met in my personal journey into the music world of Ireland and Scotland and anything Celtic. He is a delight to know and I am so happy we met. After reading his bio, listening to his music and just basically getting to know him, I am positive you will agree.
I’ve had his permission to use a CD review from his site so I will include it with what I have to say since I could not have said it any better and my feelings about Owen and his music are identical to the review by Jamie O’Brien.
Since we met I have helped Owen to the best of my ability and have managed to get his CD heard on a couple of radio stations here in the US as well as here in The Celtic Crier; his music is requested and played on a regular basis and has hit the Top Ten Most Requested consistently.
His track “Isle of Hope and Tears” is my favorite as well as the video that accompanies it; although this track has been sung by many; Owen seems to put his own personal stamp on it and in watching the video I feel like I may be looking at the faces of some of Owen’s ancestors, and that may very well be. I can listen to it over and over and never tire of hearing it; I simply LOVE his version of this very sad but beautiful song.
“Twilight” is a story of Owens life; this is what he had to say;
“You might have noticed; I have no video track up for Twilight. This track tells my own life story so I didn't put it up.”
Owen did inform me that he does have a DVD for Twilight and he has given me the great honor of sending it to me from Ireland recently and in great anticipation of its arrival so I can view it and see the story behind Twilight and Owen Diviney.
Owen recently told me; “I am not a professional musician and undertook this project to prove that we can all do positive things even in these very challenging economic times. I have enjoyed working with the charities and helping them to raise money. It's always satisfying to help people more needy than our selves.”
I have the highest respect for Owen, always will; he is an incredible human being and a talented singer and I so very much look forward to another album from Owen Diviney.
Irish Edition Newspaper, USA. - March 2011
Jamie O'Brien - Review of "Endless Time"
I like it when I get CDs from musicians who are new to me. Owen Diviney is one such performer. First, I play the album over and over: second, if I like the album, I'll start writing a review; third, I'll take a look at the accompanying promo release, the liner notes and the internet; and finally I'll return to my review and finish it. Thats what Im doing now.
Diviney does not have the strongest vocals, but he has something more important than that. He has a highly appealing tenor voice, which he uses to the full. He's selected 10 songs that fit him to a T and then allows the beauty and depth of the songs to come over.
Along with his own guitar playing are producer / arranger Eugene Kelly on piano, guitar and percussion. Brenda Curtin on fiddle, Gerry Mc Namara whistle and Tom Cussen banjo. Arrangements reflect a pensive mood; the album starts with Jimmy MacCarthys "Bright Blue Rose", Diviney's singing accompanied by gentle strings and a weaving slide guitar; "City of Chicago", the second track features a lovely brushed percussion to set the rolling sound, which is echoed and emphasized by the country-like fiddling and the subdued vocal accompaniment. Lovely!
So the album continues, presenting entertainment that is both moving and delicate. Songs like "Paddys Green Shamrock Shore", "Isle of Hope and Tears" and "Missing You" rub shoulders with originals by Diviney.
The name, Owen Diviney, might be familiar to some readers. The Galway man represented Ireland many times as a rower. Obviously, he has many talents.