Beyond The Pale

by Philip Donnelly & MARS

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Beyond the Pale is Philip’s fourth album. After decades of recording with some of the world’s leading singer songwriters such as Donovan, Guy Clarke, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, The Everly Brothers, Cowboy Jack Clement and Jim Rooney to name but a few.

This album was recorded by Daire Winston at Beechpark Studios, Rathcoole, County Dublin, Ireland.


released November 1, 2014

MARS (Mid Atlantic Rhythm Section)

Fran Breen Drums
Garvan Gallagher Double Bass
Gerry O’Connor Viola, Banjo
Percy Robinson Steel
Philip Donnelly Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Lead Electric

Crystal Gayle duets on ‘Troubled Times’. John Prine duets on ‘Speed of the Sound’ and ‘Living in the Future’. Fran Curry plays Keyboard on ‘Beyond the Pale’. Recorded by Joe Sef at The GAF Studio, New Inn, Tipperary South.

On this album Philip used a 1961 Guild Acoustic, an Amistar Resonator Guitar, a 1957 Fender Stratocaster presented by Steve Wooly, then V.P. of Fender Corp. and Fender Blues DeVille Amps.

I would like to thank the “Mid Atlantic Rhythm Section”, Fran Breen, Percy Robinson, Gerry O’Connor, and Garvan Gallagher for a great job, and to Crystal Gayle and John Prine, “it’s so hot, is it not”. Thanks also to Daithi Connaughton.

To the funders, a million thanks. John Fennessey, Seamie Gubbins, Robert Gubbins, Mary O’Connor, Sean Scott, Michael DeAngelo, Jessica Roth and Sean Deegan.

Thanks to Jimmy Hicky (guitars), Willie O’Brien (cover photo), Connor O’Mearáin (studio shots) and Mike Conway who designed the album with Philip.

A very special thanks to:- David Mulcahy and his cardiology team at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. To Ronan Ryan and his bypass team at St. James Hospital, Dublin. To Frank & Ethna Fitzpatrick. To Nicky & Roma Ryan. To the Carmelite Nun’s and Nurses at Our Lady’s Manor, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.

A special thanks to all my friends who rallied round and to Fiona who looked after me, xo. “The Big Wheel has Turned”.


Engineered by Daire Winston.
Assistant Engineer Paddy Morris.
Produced by Philip Donnelly.
Design & Duplication by the Disc & Print Centre, Waterford, Ireland.

© 2014. Marbel City Records Co. Ltd., T/A Dublin Records.
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