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Residents of Tynemouth are more than aware that the region boasts some of the UK’s most beautiful coastlines; stretches of sandy beach, castles, quaint seaside villages – you name it, we got it. It makes sense that it was the relocation of choice for Highlands-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Seamus Joseph O’Donnell. His fresh start in these fresh digs was the kick up the backside O’Donnell needed for his new musical project, I See Islands, inspired by his hometown of Mallaig which is famous for its island-filled coastal scenery. Since its inception in 2019 following a series of personal crises, I See Islands has grown into a flourishing solo endeavour.

Debut album Within A Light Beam took its final form over lockdown, and saw the light of day back in May. Deeply autobiographical in content, O’Donnell documents his struggles, from marital problems to starting anew, which led to this new chapter on this lo-fi folkish record. The eleven songs were initially envisaged thriving in a live setting, although that’s obviously been difficult this past year. Thankfully, we can now have the opportunity to experience the work as its creator initially intended, as he performs at North Shields venue The Engine Room on Sunday 12th September. With his hands firmly on the steering wheel after a musical career spent largely in the back seat, I See Islands is O’Donnell’s chance to show the world exactly what he’s got.

Support comes from former steelworker turned folk artist Stilts Foster and local songwriter Philip Jonathan.

I See Islands, Stilts Foster and Philip Jonathan play The Engine Room, North Shields on Sunday 12th September

 

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