Rob Halligan

Rob Halligan

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Rob is one of the finest unsigned singer/songwriters on the scene... [CrossRhythms] Live, it's like John Mayer meets the Ramones. Listen to the tracks and it's flawless.

Biography

Rob Halligan
Singer Songwriter
“FANTASTIC!”
Maverick Magazine

Rob Halligan has a reputation for his passionate live performance and his maverick approach to life. Considered by many as ‘one of the finest unsigned performers on the scene’, Rob’s song writing looks at life from an alternative perspective. 2009 will see the launch of Rob’s fourth CD, ‘Christians Brother’ recorded with Graeme Duffin (Wet Wet Wet) and produced by Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet) and featuring guest performances from Yvonne Lyon, Gareth Davies-Jones and Dave Lyon.

In the late 1990’s Rob started playing the local pub circuit with his band, Goldsmiths, delivering their own brand of indie-pop-rock. Their CD, IknowYouknow released in October 1999 won some excellent reviews. The band played some noteworthy venues including the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes and the Coventry Colloseum.

Rob’s life took a new direction after the death of his father in the terrorist events of 9/11 and this would be evident in his writing. His songs challenge faith, politics and complacency and are delivered with a rough spirituality, brutal honesty and tested to be true.

'Dancing With Seagulls' Rob's first solo project, produced by Simon Goodall (Cliff Richard) and featuring Dan Wheeler (Cathy Burton) on guitar and Paul Evans (Delirious?) on drums, received praise from the folk and rock press. "An excellent album" raved CrossRhythms while the Phantom Tollbooth called it "…a pleasant and welcome musical treat!" Radio 2 presenter, Paul Gambaccini, commented, "These are some of the strongest songs I've heard for a while". The album had airplay on BBC1 TV, BBC Radio 2, and a host of local TV and radio stations.

Rob has now played at some of the finest acoustic venues and festivals in the UK including the MAC in Birmingham, The Norwich Arts Centre and The Lot in Edinburgh. He has twice headlined at the Godiva Festival (the largest free festival in the midlands) and played the Acoustic Festival of Britain. He also sings with 1980’s hit makers After The Fire. … “If Rob Halligan gets the recognition he so richly deserves, I advise to book him now, because I predict that very shortly, this extremely talented singer songwriter is going to become very 'big-time'!!” Chris Tobin – Covfolk

Lyrics

Dancing With Seagulls

Written By: Rob Halligan

Down by the prom ligts and under the pier
The lads would be smoking and drowning in beer
Just up above them pavillion Hall
Old folk would gather, having a ball

The Town would be busy on some friday nights
There'd always be discos and always be fights
Over the pebbles where the sand meets the sea
Dancing with seagulls is where I'd be

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Dancing with seagulls was my favorite game
It captured my idle thoughts and numbed the pain
Tose long lonely evenings I would be free
Dancing with seagulls as they danced with me

The sand was our dance floor, soft under foot
We danced bythe light of the low lying moon
The music the songs that my dance partners made
And time would stand still as we danced and we played

So much has happened since I was a kid
The memories fade of the things that I did
But dancing with seagulls those long lonely nights
Will live to remind me the rest of my life
Of the pain and the hurting of not being free
And the long lonely search ofr what really was me
And now that I've found him and now that I'm free
I remember the dancing the seagulls and me

Singing Myself To Sleep

Written By: Rob Halligan

I'm safe here, lying in your arms
While he world outside me screams
Run through fields of restless sleep
Out of reach inside my dreams

And I'm singing myself to sleep
And I pray God will keep us safe

Lead me not into complacency
Teach me not to be a fool
While the world runs blind and carefree
Keep me running after you

And I'm singing myself to sleep
And I pray God will keep us safe

Weak calls to weak and weak men will rule
Leading stumbling nations like fools leading fools
But the wars continue caring nothing for the pain
While innocents crumble like pawnds oin a game
And their blood runs down with the tears that they weep
Running together making rivers in the streets

And I'm singing myself to sleep
And I pray God will keep us safe

There's no hope outside of love
There's no hope outside of love
Nothing I do
Nothing I say is worth anything outside of love
There's no hope outside of your love

Dungeon Ghyl

Written By: Rob Halligan

Been to a mountain
Thought I saw an angel
She smiled and pointed to the top
Said it never rains there
Then she was gone
Blown away like my mind

And I heard her singing in a tumbledown voice
Like a waterfall falling
Finding out it’s coarse
Singing songs of freedom
Dancing on the rocks
Songs of life

She said
Where were you when the sun broke through
When the light spilled like gold on the ground
Did you open you’re soul and did you take it in
Or did you stand with your head in the ground

And I heard her playing like a young one plays
Chasing after rain just like the blessing heaven gave
And if now was dark then tomorrow was a brand new day

And I’ve seen rainbows and I’ve seen tears
But I’ve been carried through all these years
Now I need I need these arms that took my pain

She said
Where were you when the sun broke through
When the light spilled like gold on the ground
Did you open you’re soul and did you take it in
Or did you stand with your head in the ground
Did you put on the shades, did you turn on the lie
When the light shone into your soul
Or did you open your eyes and believe you could fly
And let the light make your spirit whole

If these mountains should fall to the sea
It wouldn’t change a thing that I believe
Cos I was there I saw the power that raised them up to the sky

My faith aint subject to what I see
My faith is the substance of things unseen
It’s the fire in my heart that gives my life wings to fly

Ó 2009 Rob Halligan

Christian's Brother

Written By: Rob Halligan

He was only five years younger
Different father but the same mother
Always knew him as my brother
We shared our hopes and shared our fears
The laughter and the flowing tears
As we travelled through our younger years
Like brothers do we’d sometimes break up
But I knew we’d always make up

And I am and I will always be Christians Brother

Everyday after school
We would always play football
Up against that old stone wall
Imagining ourselves out there
We would hear the people roar
With every single goal we scored
We had our dreams that we would reach for
Never thought that it would end

And I am and I will always be Christians Brother
And I am and I will always be Christians Brother

Seems the innocence of youth
Is vulnerable to times abuse
When details complicate the truth
And somewhere there along the road
We had our different ways to go
And drifted like we never should
Though you went you way, I went mine
I never will forget the time

And I am and I will always be Christians Brother

I remember when your father died
How you were torn apart inside
I could reach you though I tried
And when the day I face the same
I wanted you there with me
But somewhere you’d forgotton
You went your way and I went mine
I never will forget
That we had our dreams that we would reach for
I never thought it would end
Like brothers do we’d sometime break up
I knew we’d always make
I know we’re gonna make up

And I am and I will always be Christians Brother
And I am and I will always be Christians Brother

Blue Jeans

Written By: Rob Halligan

Hey there, Has anybody said to you today
Your love has made my life a better place
You look positively beautiful in your
Old jeans - It doesn't matter what you you wear
You the best thing that's happened to me

Hey there, has anybody asked you out today
I was wondering if you're passing by this way
We could have a drink and what the sky again
Just wear your old jeans, don't dress up
You're the best thing that's happened to me

Let's hang the world today
Take some time to get away
And be the people of each others dreams
We could be anywhere
If you and me are there

I'll take my guitar
and you can wear your old blue jeans

Hey there has anybody said to you today
I want to spend my life with you and laugh the world away
For you I will sing a song that's full of love
And to me you will be lovely in those old blue jeans
You're the best thing that's happened to me

Discography

1999 - Iknow Youknow
2000 Hey God (EP)
2001 Beautiful (EP)
2002 Streets Of This Town (EP)
2004 Dancing With Seagulls - BPCD003
2005 - Stand Together (Single) - PFCCD001
2005 - The New York Sessions - BPCD004
2006 - Dark Clouds Fighting - BPCD005
2008 - Dedicate - BPCD006
2009 - Best Thing Thats Happened - BPCD009

Listen and watch videos at http://www.robhalligan.co.uk

Set List

For a full show Rob will play two 45 minute sets that includes songs from his latest album, 'Best Thing That's Happened' and a selection of tracks from previous releases.
Covers may include Message in A Bottle (Sting), Bring Em All In (Mike Scott), carry me home (After the Fire) or others.
Rob has over 3 hours of live self penned songs.