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Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand

This song was inspired by my tendency to isolate myself when life gets hard and how my friend encouraged me to open up. “Hand In Hand” is a song of going through the storms of life together.

FEEL SO REAL

FEEL SO REAL

‘Feel So Real’ written by song writing duo Ian Gallagher and Jon Olphert of the Manchester based rock band ‘Gallaher’s Green’. It is an upbeat song celebrating the lives of two family members who recently passed away.

Looking for an Angel

Looking for an Angel

This songs about an immigrant looking for identity, inspiration and hope

This is our first attempt as CONTRABAND at songwriting and composition along with my band mate Lluis on lead and bass guitar along with me on vocals and rhythm guitar.

Deptford Shore

Deptford Shore

Hymn to embracing the transience of life and love.

With thanks to Jon Clayton, engineering, cello, bass, guitar; Kate Arnold, violin; Stephen Gilchrist, drums

ADN que reaparece/ Is DNA reapearing

ADN que reaparece/ Is DNA reapearing

When the news of this contest appeared to me a few days ago, a few ideas converted to lyrics came to my mind that paid tribute to the connection with my ancestors. I am a musician and a teacher, I am not the best singer but I tried to convey my feelings.
I use a candombe rhythm that is an example of the connection between African percussion that has endured in Latin America, being today almost one of the few African legacies left in my region.

Music and lyrics: Julián Mansilla
Piano & synthesizers & recording, etc Me again.
Candombe percussion with the help of Maxi Aguirre

Wheels

Wheels

WHEELS Every Autumn, when the leaves they fall, I start to remember your whistle call I put on my jacket and I take a walk Remember every battle, every fight we fought Kickin’ the leaves with my feet Smile at every magpie I meet Just a Spring shower and the flowers...

This is real

This is real

Written and recorded with Dan Royle and Sevan Riccaldi, this song is about trying to connect with others when an unexpected trial sweeps you away to a place you don’t recognise. It is about accepting where God has placed you, no matter how hard, and the freedom that comes from doing so.

Fall on Me

Fall on Me

This song was recorded about ten years ago but never released.
Song written by Matthew Dower and mixed by Luke Bowman.

ADN que reaparece/ Is DNA reapearing

The Same Coin

A reflection in these difficult times of staying connected with your best friends. Even though we’re dispersed across the country, our past, present and future will always connect us.

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