Prolific American songwriter and performer Don McLean is releasing his new album ‘Botanical Gardens’ this week, his new single ‘A Total Eclipse of the Sun ’, the first from the album , is currently winging its way to radio stations.  The album precedes a 19-date tour in Ireland plus a 14-date UK tour. The Irish tour kicks off with 6 dates in Dublin’s Vicar St, May 20th , culminating with a performance in The Marquee Cork 14th June. Don will play additional dates around the North, South, East and West of the country, see below.

With over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide, Don McLean is one of America’s most beloved country artists. ‘Botanical Gardens’, his 19th studio album and first in 8 years, is arguably one of Don’s most reflective to date, as he puts it, “The inspiration for the project started years ago when I would walk in the beautiful gardens in Sydney Australia near the Opera House. I would dream young dreams and it was a comfort and an inspiration. I was always young inside, like we all are, and I felt it again there.”

Further reflecting on the record, Don says, “the whole album really revolves around the title song. Later on I realized that the gardens are really a metaphorical heaven, and there’s a kind of death and rebirth.”

Intimacy can be found at the heart of this record, with Don penning personal numbers looking back on a life well lived, as well as his observations on youth and love. Recording at Watershed Studios in Nashville also allowed a different kind of intimacy for Don and his band, as they were made to “play close and feel the music”, resulting in a raw, yet tight sound throughout.

Don proves his prowess at writing timeless sounding songs once again, as the album weaves country, Americana, folk, and boot stomping rock in this release. In nearly 50 years on the scene, Don’s songs have become a staple in Americana music. His music has been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Fred Astaire, Chet Atkins, Weird Al Yankovick, George Michael, Josh Groban, Coolio and Ed Sheeran and his biggest hit ‘American Pie’ was recognised with high honours by being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.

Don famously only uses Martin guitars. He has more than 40 Martin guitars and in  2000, the Martin Guitar Company honoured Don McLean with his own limited edition signature guitar, the D40DM.


Tour dates:

May 20/21/22&23 Dublin’s Vicar St

May 25               Castlebar Theatre Royal

May 26               Derry Millennium Theatre

MAY 27               Aura Arena Letterkenny

MAY 29               Wexford Opera House

MAY 30               Lyrath Estate Kilkenny

JUN 01-02          UCL Theatre Limerick

JUN 03                Knocknarea Arena Sligo

JUN 05                Mullingar Park Hotel Co. Westmeath

JUN  07              Waterfront Hall Auditorium Belfast,

JUN 08-09          Seapoint Galway

JUN 11-12          Vicar St, Dublin

JUN 14                The Marquee Cork

Further information: 01 4970313

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