- 17 May 21
Raheny singer-songwriter Graham Mitchell has soared back to his roots for his new single, giving us an insight of the magic that entrails St. Anne's Park on Dublin's Northside.
Up and coming singer songwriter, Graham Mitchell, has shared his brand new track 'St. Anne's Romance'.
In the introspective number, Mitchell gives us an insight to his local town, referencing his local chipper, supermarket, pubs and schools. He tells the romantic story of a 'school dropout lad' who fell for a high school achieving girl in the majestic 'St. Anne's Park'. Her voice can be heard delicately in the chorus trying to reach him as he tells this romantic tale.
With sold-out shows in Whelan's and The Workman's Club under his belt, as well as support slots for the likes of Damien Dempsey, Graham Mitchell has emerged as one of the most promising singer-songwriters in the country. Drawing influence from the The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys and The Beatles, his acclaimed single 'Maria Browne' featured in the Irish TV series Blood, while his latest single, 'I Don't Mind', was selected as the Hot Press Track of the Day late last year.
'St. Anne's Romance' takes him back to the root of his songwriting skills, as well as digging up memories of his North Dublin upbringing.
"I’ve always had a spot for St. Anne’s in my heart. It’s the area where I grew up around Raheny. The song started over the course of a few months. It took a while to click but when it did it just flowed," the young artist tells Hot Press.
"There’s been some wild days and nights in that park. From romance to just having a few cans with your mates. I think you take them things for granted at times. The chipper, schools, pitch and putt, pubs...they’ve all shaped where I gew up. These are all places of how people meet up and how people randomly stumble across each other. But at the heart of it’s beauty is this magical place called St. Anne’s Park. I think most of Dublin has ventured there in this lockdown spell, it has a presence that will never fade."
Even though the romance had ended, the park will always bring back memories of their love. This could be the background for many romantic connections that once originated in Raheny.
"My folks grew up a stones throw away from each other in St. Anne’s and kept that romance alive so it’s a privilege to be able to just let this song out and into peoples ears and I hope it brings them into the moment or back on nice memories they have of being around the Anne’s growing up," Mitchell continues.
Having performed on the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions Y&E Series on November 25th, Mitchell is ready to perform in more live venues around the country as soon as gigs return to their full prowess.
"I’m constantly working on new music and have lots of new stuff ready to record and hopefully release by the end of this year alongside some gigs, if things start to get back to normal," the talent says.
"You really miss those nights of gigging and going out to sing your heart out. I’ll really look forward to that, just to be able to sit and chat to friends, go to gigs and more importantly play live again. It’s been such a tough time for people and it can really be mentally draining at times with the lockdowns. I think that music is one thing that will always give us that freedom to escape."
Listen to 'St. Anne's Romance' below: