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ISLANDS OF THE HEART
the heart. Songs of justice and compassion.
Stories in song... for those who have enjoyed
Peter's earlier albums such as 'Signs of Hope'
and 'The Common Good'. See full track list
Available as CD & Music Book
1. What others have
said about 'Islands of the Heart':
TRACK LIST - Peter
Kearney's notes on the songs
On a Day Like This - In 2000,
hundreds of thousands of people walked across
bridges in Australian capital cities. They did
this as a sign of good will and a step
along the way in the reconciliation process
with the Aboriginal people who have suffered
so much over the past 200 years. In
Sydney, Madge and I were among the
quarter-million who streamed across the
Harbour Bridge from early morning to
mid-afternoon. This song is a celebratory
description of that day.
2. Islands of the Heart -
On pilgrimage to a deeper home, woven together
with a tribute to Ireland, the land of my
ancestors (and of my wife). "Guided only by
our longing, looking for a place to start-
pilgrims are we all to the Islands of the
3. Rise and Shine Road
- A light hearted song
of life's journey and some encounters along
the way, including "the lady so lovely to
4. Here's To You, Mum and
"Nothing's old fashioned once you've found
that it is true." An affectionate tribute
to my parents... and yours perhaps,
especially if they came from that generation
who came through the 'lean times' of the 1930s
depression and World War II.
5. Housewarming Song
- "We have all come
here tonight to make a house into a home, to
bring the warmth of friendship to this
new-built brick and stone." An upbeat song
suitable for a party singalong.
6. Nothing More, Nothing
Less - A
song of love and fidelity, for Madge- my wife.
Written during a painful time of transition as
we moved home from England to Australia.
7. The Water of Life
- Pere Thomas Phillipe
of L'Arche was a contemplative. He was
the hidden yet vital presence in the early
days of the L'Arche Community in France where
a special welcome was offered to people with
intellectual disability by Jean Vanier and
others. The third in a series of songs I've
written on L'Arche; the others were 'All
Aboard the Ark' and 'The L'Arche Prayer'.
8. Window on the Stars
- A remarkable man,
Lt. William Dawes arrived in
Australia as part of the First Fleet. Dawes
was an astronomer who built a simple
observatory on the place where the south-west
pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge now stands
(Dawes Point). He was also a conscientious
objector, Hear his story in this song.
9. Once a Shearer, Now a
- A song with a suitably
country feel- commissioned by his friends as
an ordination gift for Mark Croker, a late
vocation, down-to-earth priest and reluctant
10. Someone Knows My Name - A
song for Amnesty International, picturing the
inner world of the political prisoner and the
importance of the letters written to him and
on his behalf. Incorporating a condensed
statement of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights (1948).
11. Joy to the World,
- Protesting the 'murderous
debt' carried by the world's poorest
12. Bright Pearl Shining
Path - A ballad telling of the life and
death (1991) of Irene McCormack, an Australian
Josephite sister who went to work in
13. Where To Now Edmund?
commissioned by the Christian Brothers,
conveying something the life and spirit of
Blessed Edmund Rice, the Irish layman who
worked for disadvantaged young people and
founded the Christian Brothers. "We are
called, we are gifted, we are learning to
respond to the needs of the world we are
living in today." This song has already been
picked up by Christian Brothers in the USA.
14. The Harvest - An Offertory processional song. I
have put music to words by Dawn Smith of
15. My Name Is Love
- "My Name is Love
and love is all I teach you. Believe me I can
reach you if you only make My way."
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID- A Compilation
“Many of those songs touched me
deeply- especially the title song which seemed
to symbolise my inner pilgrimage at the
“The album feels like it's rooted in
community, because of the amount of people
contributing, but also because of the content
of the songs. I love it that it's about basic
and yet fundamental, invaluable, easily
overlooked connections of wife family etc.
Songs for events, songs commissioned by people
who want to tell the story of a friend. An
aptly named album because it is so
widespread musical collaboration brings a kind
of excitement to the album. A real feature of
Islands of the Heart is a 'live' folk feel".
“While the feeling of a song may be
jaunty or joyous, reflective or serious,
something of the artist behind the song always
comes through. Each song, whether about
his own experience or that or another's,
reveals Peter's contemplation of life and how
it has touched his heart and fashioned who he
is. His ability to put his thoughts into
word and song finds an echo in every
listener's heart”. (Ellen Leary)
Recorded at the Little Portion Studio, Welby,
February- July 2001. Sound engineering and
mixing by Peter Kearney.
Kevin Hunt - piano accordion and keyboards.
Bob McInnes and Gus Olding - violin.
Simone Olding and Sherry Cuttle- flute
Lachlan McBean- drums
Mark Scotland- double bass
Villanueva - pan pipes, charanga
Wendy Upjohn- congas
Peter Kearney- guitar, recorders, autoharp,
John Fisk- didgeridoo
Clare Michael & Catherine Mahony
Helen Archer, Peter Kearney, Steve Cheers
Narrators: (Someone Knows My Name)
David Shapiro, Peter Lach-Newinsky