Liam Macdonald

Liam Macdonald

 New York City, New York, USA
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

"Liam Macdonald's, 'Verge,' is an absolute gem, which you really need to hear. For once eclectic is not a dirty word." ~ Editor, Zeitgeist Magazine

Liam Macdonald is a captivating performer, an award-winning singer-songwriter, an acclaimed guitarist, and a world-class whistler; and he has earned international recognition, from critics and audiences alike, for being that rare breed of artist -- a true original.

Biography

Liam Macdonald is an award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, and whistler  who has earned recognition for being that rare breed of artist -- an authentic original. He has captivated audiences in Europe and North America and collaborated with master musicians from all over the world. Originally from Canada, Liam is currently in the New York City area.

In his collaborative projects (e.g., Verge CD)
Liam melds sounds from roots, pop, jazz, rock, and world music into what one reviewer describes as "Liam's very own fusion sound." In his purely self-directed work Liam is best known for writing -- according to The Folk Project in the USA -- "beautiful, haunting, almost surreal songs" and for being "a stunning guitarist and the best whistler I've ever heard."

The following are excerpts from Liam's reviews:

"should be all over the radio - an aural treat by any standards - captivating - fascinating - multi-dimensional - an absolute gem, which you really need to hear - for once eclectic is not a dirty word"


Liam is a 2 X TOP FINALIST in The Great American Song Contest for his song, "You Can Never Tell" and his instrumental, "Out of Nowhere."

Liam's Verge CD was RECORD of the YEAR at Radio Six International in Glasgow. Zeitgeist in Edinburgh wrote that "Verge is an absolute gem, which you really need to hear." and "For once eclectic is not a dirty word." You can listen to Verge on Spotify.

"Black & You," written and performed by Liam Macdonald, is featured on the benefit CD, For Africa Vol. 1. The proceeds are being donated to: The Water Foundation; IFAM; Sens Afrique; The Shaken Baby Alliance; and Amnesty International. You can listen to "Black & You" on Spotify.










Lyrics

Borderline

Written By: Liam Macdonald

Keep to your silence and I'll keep to mine
The snow is softly falling over the pines
Fields white as marble, black velvet sky
The moon shines a searchlight along the borderline

Farmhouse windows turn into mirrors
Midnight pools that pull you nearer
Coals and crystals - vision bearers
The wind could freeze the stars tonight
And now the river ice is groaning
Cracking out like pistol shots
A pack of blue-eyed dogs comes running
Across the snow this very night

He's been watching in the mirrors
Shadows swim then shimmer clearer
To weave a cloak to keep the wearer
Safe and warm all through the night
From the north the wind cuts deeper
His tears can freeze the foolish weeper
Where is he his brother's keeper?
Drunk with dreams this very night

Scenes from a past life of sidewalks in town
Of hotels and barrooms and bright tinkling sounds
A-swirl in the streetlights the snow dances down
The dream does continue round after round

Whisky wild and women wilder
Who thinks mother's milk is milder?
Drink then to mother and her child
For you'll leave both behind tonight
Time is ticking in the rafters
Where once was love and once was laughter
Leave no tracks to follow after
Or they will find you in the night

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

In an Open Space

Written By: Liam Macdonald

Woke up early and I took a walk, in New York City down by the docks...
while you still slept.
I lay upon a high gray wall and watched the seabirds rise and fall...
and rise again now.

I couldn't know what I should do, there were no signals breaking through.
I thought of you, and me and you, and birds floating free.
Sometimes we're all out to sea.

Your father is a sailing man, he looks at stars and understands...
what they are for.
Your mother's seldom far away, she asks me if I've come to stay...
and for how long now.

Atlantic and Pacific high, above the salt below the sky,
Our bodies taken on the tide so kiss me once more.
I'll feel it when I come ashore.

And in the holy harbor town wise men follow dreamers down...
to where they lie.
You shall rise and leave your bed, keep your dreams inside your head...
You shall survive now.

He's standing in an open space while watching others take his place.
"A graceful man - a man of grace," that's what you say.
It's just that he's so far away.

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

You Can Never Tell

Written By: Liam Macdonald

I've been hangin' round these parts too long
I’m not the losin' kind
Not the losin' kind

I seen my baby dressed for town last night
With a friend of mine
Friend of mine

Her eyes were bright and her hair hung down
Her dress was tight
Oh so tight

Chorus:
I thought I knew her pretty well but I guess you can never tell,
You can never tell, you can never tell, you can never tell,
You can never tell, you can never tell, you can never tell

I walked around all through the night
Up to our place
I left no trace

Went past the pool hall and the Jesus Saves
Turned away my face
No one saw my face

Behind the saw mill on the edge of town
I jumped a freight
Jumped a freight

CH.

Bridge:
From this rail car in the dawn's pure light
I watch the mountains and the clouds roll by
I see the eagle and the crow in flight
Up the line where no one calls my name
I’ll start again

CH.

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

Everyone

Written By: Liam Macdonald

There's a pain inside everyone
It burns and it blinds us
What's done cannot be undone
So let our tears bind us

Up and down we go
Down and up we come
Kneeling in the darkness
Standing in the sun
There are tears enough for everyone
Everyone

And there's a fear inside everyone
It keeps us from kindness
When we're lost and we feel all alone
That's when our hope finds us

Up and down we go
Down and up we come
Kneeling in the darkness
Standing in the sun
There is hope enough for everyone
Everyone

There's a weakness in everyone
It's there to remind us
When we fall we fall one by one
But your strength can unite us

Up and down we go
Down and up we come
Kneeling in the darkness
Standing in the sun
There is strength enough for everyone
Everyone

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved.

Black and You

Written By: Liam Macdonald

There's too many sides to the story
and none of them are true
There's too many sides to the story
'cause there's too many sides to you

You said we were so good
That's when things went bad
I gave you what you asked for
It was more than I had

Things aren't black and white now baby
Don't we know it's true
Things aren't black and white
They're just black and you

Sometimes late at night
Some things can't be hid
And some of us get crazy
Thinkin' what we did

Sins aren't big or little
When we look through angel eyes
From as far away as heaven
They're all the same size

Things aren't black and white now baby
Don't we know it's true
Things aren't black and white
They're just black and you

From as far away as heaven
From high above the rain
There's no need to apologize
No reason to explain

From as far away as heaven
I would not come down at all
But baby, just to see you well now
I might take that fall

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

Please Tell Me

Written By: Liam Macdonald

Please tell me what's on your mind
You know it's been too long a time
Since I saw you smile
And that's just not your style
Don't you know there's got to be more between you and me than a memory

Please tell me what's on your mind
The words can't be so hard to find
And it's getting late
Just how much longer must I wait
Don't you know I want to be like the river to the sea
Oh come on talk to me

Please tell me what's on your mind
How can you be so unkind
Aw can't you see just what you're doin' to me
Don't you know I won't be free until I know just what you need
That's what you mean to me

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

Smiling Faces

Written By: Liam Macdonald

Smiling faces along the way
Seem to say good-day

That's the way it's been ever since I have known you
put the
smiles on the faces and the
light in the eyes and the
love in the hearts of the people on the street
The people I meet

Smiling faces along the way
Seem to say good-day

That's the way it's been ever since I have known you
put the
stars in the sky and the
songs in the night and the
love in the hearts of the people on the street
The people I meet

Smiling faces along the way
Seem to say good-day

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

A Bit of Sky

Written By: Liam Macdonald

­­­­­­­Have you been gone for a lifetime or more?
Go ask the doorman, he knows the score
You know you just stepped outside ­­­
To catch a bit of sky

Sit on the sofa, put on the news
Someone's going door to door, searching for clues
You know you just stepped outside
To catch a bit of sky

Sky
Sky
Sky........

Down in the alley, up on the roof
So many cameras shouldn't there be proof
You know you just stepped outside
To catch a bit of sky

Give us a number, give us a name
Something to go on, someone to blame
You say you just stepped outside
To catch a bit of sky

Sky
Sky
Sky......

We're doing all we can sir
We're covering all the bases
Sometimes we get no answers
Sometimes there are no traces... traces...traces...traces

Why does it feel like you've been here before?
Take off your tie and walk through the door
the door... the door... the door...

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

The Falling

Written By: Liam Macdonald

The Falling

Evening's shadow cloaks the town
Cold wind whips the leaves around the hillside through the streets
See the church upon the hill
Gothic, gray, and hollow shell of stones that once were fish

Everything aches at the heart of it all
Trembles and shakes at the start of the falling
Spread your wings wide
Take the wind ride

Father Armand steps outside
Pulls his cassock round him tightly as he walks along
Down the twisted alleyways
Past empty lots, through twilight's haze he wanders all alone

Observe how he prays at the heart of it all
Clings to his faith at the start of the falling
Spread your wings wide
Take the wind ride

Red sun sinks behind the park
Siren wails into the darkness
Oh what can it mean?

© Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

Hilltop Road

Written By: Liam Macdonald

This is an instrumental, There are no lyrics.

Discography

Single: Black & You Copyright 2007 Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

Album: Verge Copyright 2003 Liam Macdonald, All rights reserved

Please visit www.LiamMacdonald.com for most up-to-date streaming and download infos.

Set List

Sets usually last 45 minutes and include from 10 to 12 songs. Arrangements will vary according to the number of back-up musicians, venue capacity, and audience size.

Liam enjoys performing solo or accompanied by a mandolinist/guitarist.