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Mercy Of The Wind By Naomi Flanagan

Saturday 18 April 2015


From Emerge Australia:


Naomi Flanagan
Naomi Flanagan

Mercy of the Wind by Naomi Flanagan

Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Naomi Flanagan has recently released her first solo EP, Mercy of the Wind.

Naomi has lived with ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) for the last 20 years which leaves her mostly housebound and sometimes bedbound.

In her early 20’s she pursued her love of music, performing at venues around Melbourne and with family and friends, but for the last 13 years the severity of her illness has left her unable to leave the house to collaborate with other musicians or perform live.

She has however continued to write songs, and in 2013 she set herself the goal of recording an EP from home. Assisted by her brother John, a professional musician, and working via phone and email with sound engineer and friend Adam Fox (who also suffers with ME/CFS), Naomi wrote and recorded five songs. As well as singing, she plays the guitar and mandolin on the folk-inspired EP, with family members adding banjo, piano and violin. The recording sessions were limited to 20 minutes at most, once per week on her good weeks. She completed the work over eighteen months.

The songs on the EP convey the difficulty of living with restriction and uncertainty, but at the same time speak of hope and resilience. The title track, “Mercy of the Wind”, is an expression of the difficulty of having no control over one’s life circumstances, whilst maintaining courage.


The above originally appeared here.


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