The Red Rose Cafe

The Red Rose Cafe

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The Red Rose Cafe´s upcoming second album, ´Pictures of Russia´, is overflowing with bizarre imagery and flawed characters. Like Joanne, the girl who, ´dances like a pirate in a gypsy coffee shop´, and the vagabond who ´rides horses in a Russian rodeo´. These are folk songs with a dark underbelly.

Biography

The year following the release of The Red Rose Cafe´s debut album has been a good one. Since Philip´s noted performance at last year´s Hard Working Class Heroes, ´The New Year Tapes has become available throughout Ireland and continues to receive critical acclaim, while his second album, ´Pictures of Russia´, is in the final stages of production. The year has also included headline and support gigs all over Ireland and radio-play in places as far afield as Boston and Germany.

All this began in June 2006 when the Irish Arts Council funded the recording of two songs. That summer, Philip established his own independent label to release a full album. It was recorded over 3 days with the help of various friends and released that August.

The second album, ´Pictures of Russia´, began to materialise in May 2007 when Philip was offered session time in the Queen´s University studio in Belfast. During this period, he also co-produced the debut album of American song-writer, Ryan Langlois (www.ryanandthelions.com). Further sessions were recorded at The Forge, Galway, in June, after which Philip spent a month in Northern Spain writing the end of ´Pictures of Russia´. The new album features New York folk-singer, Emily Mure (www.myspace.com/emilymuremusic)on backing vocals, the aforementioned Ryan Langlois, as well as Micael O´Connor and Ulic Egan of Galway band, The Cartoon Thieves.

For more information check out www.myspace.com/theredrosecafe or contact flipm@hotmail.com.

Lyrics

Russian Rodeo

Written By: Philip Morrow

She´s milk and honey; she´s the queen.
Lives where the rain doesn´t fall and the desert don´t mean a thing.
they poisoned the water to put us on the run.
she looks so good, she´s a poem carved on a gun

But she won´t marry, that´s okay,
there´s a lot to do before that day
she won´t settle but I don’t mind
I want to be a little older before I die.

we crossed the border in early may,
this place feels good, but we can´t stay.
made it down the coast in 17 hours,
no bridal dresses or wedding flowers.

But she won´t marry, that´s okay,
there´s a lot to do before that day,
she won´t settle but I don’t mind,
I want to be a little older before I die.

now we´re out east, running from the law again.
have to be careful with kindness and what we spend.
I ride horses in a Russian rodeo,
we´re going to clean this town out honey, before we go.

But she won´t marry, that´s okay,
there´s a lot to do before that day,
she won´t settle but I don’t mind,
I want to be a little older before I die.

Joanne (part 2)

Written By: Philip Morrow

She came over this ocean on a black winged bird, from NYC and the other world, with a banjo and notebook in her bag.

Now out on the west of the european mass, where the rain hits first and the islands crash, she sings a song by the old crow medicine show:

Joanne, why don´t you roll on if you can, like a travelling gypsy carnival show.

We sing songs on the edge of the street, about our lost loves and our weary feet, she had a man that could buy her a pair of shoes.

But he´s headed out for the mainland now, thumbing his way through the northern towns, going south, where my baby stays, so tell her:

Joanne, why don´t you roll on if you can, like a travelling gypsy carnival show.

Tell her this, will you say hello, tell her Í´m working hard for the plane ticket home, and I´ll see you, when I do.

Tell her I got a house up on the hill, it´s got a door and a window and a windowsill, I´ll see you, when I do.

Joanne, why don´t you roll on if you can, like a travelling gypsy carnival show.

Back over this ocean like a black winged bird, back to new york city and the other world, with a banjo and a notebook in her bag.

Discography

"The New Year Tapes" - debut album, recorded in Co. Donegal in the summer of 2006, then self-released in August 2006.

"Atama" - A compilation record put together by the Arts Council to showcase new music from the North West of Ireland.

"Araby" - self-released single and preview of "Pictures of Russia".

"Pictures of Russia" - the second full-length album, coming in September 2007.