‘Tell You Ma” is a cross-cultural exchange between the French-born musician Jeremy Engel and the country of Ireland, based on a shared appreciation of rock music. Both countries are known for their love affair with the rebellious guitar and drum driven genre and so it made perfect sense for this Frenchman to express his land-and-sea crossing journey.
His love affair with Ireland, first began in 2006 after watching a live performance video of Rory Gallagher’s ‘Irish Tour 1974’, which introduced Engel to one of his most eminent influences. Later he moved to Dublin, started work at the iconic Guinness storehouse and confirmed his adoration of the country. However, his yearning for Ireland possibly runs a little deeper… as it was discovered in a recent DNA test that this Ukrainian-Luxembourger is no less than 52% Irish. It’s true what they say, blood really is thicker than water.
As such, ‘Tell You Ma” has been a song that rested on Engel‘ heart for many year and now has come the time to finally let this rock gem rampant. He explains a little more behind the track here:
“This song “Tell You Ma’” is one of the first songs I ever wrote. It has been in my mind since I was 17. It took me 20 years before I decided to record it. I didn’t want to record it if I wasn’t ready, because I like to be able to do live what I can do in the studio. The groove had to be perfect too.”
Recorded at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin and even featuring city landmark The Customs House on the cover art, ‘Tell You Ma” is assuredly set in the Irish township, as well as the country as a whole.
You can also find ‘Tell You Ma” in our Indie Rockers playlist.
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