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Omagh man records musical tribute to sister

OMAGH musician Larry Lowe has recorded a new album dedicated to the memory of his late sister Helen McGuigan.

Titled ‘About Time,’ the album is being released in Boneyard Records this afternoon – which would have been Helen’s 47th birthday.

Larry said the title of the album was inspired by a conversation he had with his sister before she passed away from cancer four years ago.

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“The majority of the music on the recording reflects my sense of love and loss as well as a range of other emotions,” Larry said.

“The very last conversation I had with Helen was ‘about time’ and just how little of it we have and that difficult conversation stayed with me and truly inspired me to embark on this project.”

Larry initially penned 20 songs which he cut down to ten for the album before setting about recording the separate component parts in his customised shed at home.

With the rough mixes recorded, Larry enlisted the services of former bandmate Piero McGartland to add his bass playing expertise, advice and his attention to detail to finish the album.

Larry continued, “It’s a major operation to be writer, composer, performer, singer, arranger, engineer and producer of a project of this magnitude. I can safely say that if it wasn’t for the support of my wife Gini and two amazing kids James and Ellen, there would be no album to release at all. I’ll always be grateful for her role in keeping things as ‘normal’ as possible at home over the past couple of years.

“A final word goes out to my brothers and my sister Anne who have all had to come to terms with the prospect of moving on in the absence of Helen and of course my mother Maura who bought my first guitar for £25 back in the early 1980s; thank you all for everything and it probably is about time too.”

‘About Time’ is available exclusively from Boneyard Records in Omagh and for the launch Larry and Piero will perform some of the album tracks live in-store from 2pm today.

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The album will also be available to purchase via digital download from Saturday through: Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and www.larrylowemusic.com.

Larry and Piero have also arranged to do a live show in the Strule Arts Café on Friday night, December 7, followed by a bigger live event next summer.

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