Stream: Peter J. McCauley – Anywhere My Love Will Go

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Under both his given name and previous moniker, Rams’ Pocket Radio, Peter J. McCauley has been responsible for some emotionally dense and finely-woven balladry.

Right up there with his most potent efforts to date is the brief but brilliant ‘Anywhere My Love Will Go’. With its delicate ebb and flow, it’s a masterfully minimalist, yet deceptively intricate tale of love and longing.

‘I wrote this song at a time when I was working on music projects with two groups of older people in Belfast,” McCauley said. “One in a centre in the West of the city and one in an Alzheimer’s unit in the East. ‘When I sat down to write, I found that their musical tastes, which shared a lot in common, dating mostly from the 1920s-1950s, were rubbing off on me. ‘What started as a ballad for two friends, turned into my own reflections on ageing-love, fading memories, and the older people of Belfast, on both sides of the city.’

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