The music of Billow Wood can take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Remember the classy, upbeat Pushin and Shovin, or the slightly more laid-back Carpe Diem?
Now comes a song guaranteed to tug at the heart strings.
Coldest Water is a poignant song about little Aaron O’Donnell, who died following a drowning accident in Ballina, Co. Mayo at the age of three.
The harrowing tragedy is remembered in Billow Wood’s latest single, due out on 24th October, and available on all streaming platforms.
Watch the video here:
Ballina-based Billow Wood blend folk and trad sounds, guitars and shared vocals to create a consummate music style that has earned them followers not just across Ireland, but internationally.
The band is made up of Ciara O’Donnell (whistle, flute, bodhran, vocals), Brid O’Donnell (accordion, whistle, vocals), Harry Lawlor (guitar, harp, vocals) and Mark O’Donnell – brother of Aaron – (fiddle, guitar, vocals), .
Although the chorus of their new single suggests that “in the coldest water you are barely alive”, the final lyrics of the song tell us that Aaron will be kept alive in memory: “In the coldest water I’ll keep you alive, I’ll keep you alive”.
Like so many bands, Billow Wood had exciting shows and projects lined up for 2020, which were cancelled due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic. They have maintained a strong online presence though, and are working towards showcasing their new album Walls of Caves in 2021.
Keep up to date by checking out their website www.billowwood.com or their social media sites.