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“A mix of Waits imagery, Nick Lowe-esque lyrical wit and bags of southern soul swagger, Places In The Heart marks songwriter brothers Simon and Steve Nelson as a cut above your average journeymen performers.
“A mix of Waits imagery, Nick Lowe-esque lyrical wit and bags of southern soul swagger, Places In The Heart marks songwriter brothers Simon and Steve Nelson as a cut above your average journeymen performers.

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Migrant Tales is The Nelson Brothers fourth studio album, is not quite a concept album - but it has a loose theme running throughout. The songs are about the Irish Diaspora - Irish people and their descendant who live outside of Ireland - hence the title Migrant Tales. And that’s why The Nelson Brothers’ own ancestry is foremost.

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The Nelson Brothers live at Kingskerswell Parish Church, #Devon on #StPatricksDay. Excerpts from Billy, Jesse and Me (from #MigrantTales), Delta Blues (from #Hometown), Dan Bilbrough's Bit, and Rondeau (from #Hometown). Big thanks to #GrahamRadley, World Unlimited
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Singer-songwriters The Nelson Brothers are releasing their 4th album of original songs, Migrant Tales, in March 2018. Here’s a chance to participate in something exciting. We are setting up a Pledge campaign where you can pre-order the album and other goodies. There will be a series of regular updates on what we are doing, and some free stuff, on the Pledge website.

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the-nelson-brothers-migrant-tales

Migrant Tales is not quite a concept album – but it has a loose theme running throughout. The songs are about the Irish Diaspora – the Irish people and their descendants who live outside of Ireland. The Nelson Brothers own ancestry is notable here.

Historian John Herson, from Liverpool John Moores University, has written a paper that was delivered at University College Dublin “Divergent Paths: A Family History Approach to Irish Migration and Settlement”. He has used Simon and Steve’s Corcoran family ancestry as a case study.

The Nelson Brother’s great, great grandparents, Patrick and Catherine Corcoran came from Tibohine parish, six miles north of Castlerea in Co. Roscommon. They survived the immediate impact of the Famine but moved to Stafford, England in the 1850s.

Our great grandfather, Bartholomew was a plumber, glazier and painter. “Corcoran was the first Irish or Irish-descended Catholic to be elected to Stafford Borough Council. He was the trail-blazer and he deserves recognition for that fact alone.”

There’s a song on the album called Billy Corcoran, which is a slightly fictitious account of one of our relatives emigrating to the US.

We have explored, gigged, written and recorded in New York, Tennessee, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut and the Florida Keys. Migrant Tales, written over a twenty year period, explores our ancestry, our childhood longing for adventure, our journeys into the heart of America, and our relationship with those who went before. The high desert and the lonesome prairie, the long stretches of highway, the mighty rivers, loves won and lost, lives lived and left behind, are intertwined in the lyrics of the songs.

Musically the collection incorporates elements of rootsy folk, country, blues, and nineteenth century parlour ballads.

Produced by Wal Coughlan and Simon and Steve Nelson

The album features:
Wal Coughlan (Cerys Matthews, Shakin’ Stevens): Bass
Jim Russell (Bob Geldof, Slim Chance): Drums
And features the legendary Al Perkins (Gram Parsons, Stephen Stills, Dolly Parton et al): Pedal Steel

Reviews

“It’s best defined as roots music with many eclectic touches, where you’re as likely to hear a bouzouki as a bass guitar, yet where the songs are always central to proceedings.” Nick Dalton, journalist.

“The music and the voice and the lyrics all work together to convey a bittersweet, sad optimism that I find so appealing... romantic without being remotely saccharine and refreshingly grown up.” Elizabeth McGovern, actress, Downton Abbey, Once Upon a Time in America.

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The Nelson Brothers play a cover of Sadie and the Hotheads My Jealous Heart at The Blue Walnut Cafe, Torquay. A song written by Elizabeth McGovern.
Simon and Steve Nelson, guitars and vocals. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk
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As the season of Advent is upon us here we are mucking about with #WinterWonderland.
https://youtu.be/7Vcnaxc5prI
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A little something to carry you away - the song Carry Me Away from The Nelson Brothers debut album Hometown.
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Places in the Heart - a song by Nelson Brothers about #JosephMerrick aka #TheElephantMan. First 'exhibited' at 123 Whitechapel Road in November 1884.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmF8TbvQBRY "There are places in the heart where a soul can find some peace - where little fishes dance around the moon."
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People have asked about the lyrics to The Nelson Brothers song Down in #Biloxi. Although we haven’t been to Biloxi (yet!), we have travelled extensively in the States and many of our songs reflect our times there, in New England, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, California and Tennessee. We have listened to American music since our childhood, our father had an extensive collection of records by the likes of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves etc; and also grew up on a diet of American tv shows, principally westerns. American place names have always held a fascination for me and I first heard of Biloxi in the great Jesse Winchester song of the same name.

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Down around Biloxi
Pretty girls are swimmin’ in the sea
Oh they all look like sisters in the ocean
The boy will fill his pail with salted water
And the storms will blow from off towards New Orleans (Jesse Winchester)

A beautiful song which we first heard on an album by English singer/songwriter Ian Matthews in the mid 70’s. The name stuck with me and when I set out to write a song about a man ‘escaping’ his past, undertaking a road trip from North to South I looked on the map and there it was, south of Toledo, the other place name in the song. I liked the idea of this man ‘on the run’, trying to escape the inescapable, running from North to South, “on an easy wheel”, hoping to find comfort in the warmth of the Gulf, to Biloxi, the place which represents a better life, a new dream, far away from his past in the frozen North.

I have also read extensively, especially American crime thrillers, and at the time of writing was devouring James Lee Burke’s novels about his detective Dave Robicheaux, based in New Orleans.

The closest we’ve been is flying over the Mississippi delta en route from Nashville to Tucson, hopefully one day we’ll make it down there.

Many thanks to Vincent Creel and the City of Biloxi for letting us use their video for our song.

SLN

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