The Little Belfry EP

by The Mad Dalton

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    The eagerly awaited debut of Belfast-based writer/musician The Mad Dalton (aka Peter GW Sumadh) set for official UK/European release on Friday 6th November features 5 original songs all written & composed by The Mad Dalton.

    This EP package comes in 3 pieces & includes the disc itself which if of the highest quality glass-mastered variety & comes in a suitably majestic, gatefold sleeve case beautifully designed by James Lyttle, befitting of this debut, including original photography by Peter GW Sumadh & a 4 page lyric booklet w/ a frontispiece featuring an original painting by Scottish artist Maria Campbell. (view photos below). A 4th piece (a ltd edition "calling card"), will also be added to the package while supplies last!

    We've worked hard to ensure that owning a hard copy of The Mad Dalton's debut release will make it a real keepsake, a design trend we are looking forward to continuing with on further releases...!

    Please note, the cd's all come shrink wrapped.
    N.B: by special request shrink wrap can be removed & the cover signed in silver pen.


    Of "The Little Belfry EP", esteemed music writer Aaron Drain of State.IE recently said:

    "Drawing on influences like Tom Waits and Neil Young, Sumadh’s use of simple yet elegant chord progressions and understated vocals are reminiscent of the darker folk trends that saw out the ’60s and the Summer of Love for the uncertainty of a new generation. With his band of friends and fellow musicians bolstering the sound, The Little Belfry EP is a uniquely captivating exercise in subdued, emotive song-making...To get acquainted, we heartily recommend the title track and a long, brisk walk through cracked, amber leaves and Autumn skies. Soul food."

    While Taylor Johnson of Encore NI had this to say of the lead track "Little Belfry":

    "'...feels like a travelling song, one born out of experience and tireless craft. A gentle, swooning verse builds to an almost drunken lullaby, as if 'Little Belfry' was already a timeless Pogues tune. In fact, if you were to swap The Mad Dalton's Dylan-esque delivery for Shane MacGowan's snarl, this could easily have come straight out of the Dublin legends locker. The beautiful acoustic interplay merges effortlessly with the brass section, resulting in a song made for Winter nights, an open fire and more than a few bottles of wine."

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Recorded in the rural farmhouse environs of Millbank Studios Co. Antrim between Dec '14 & July 2015, "The Little Belfry EP" marks the eagerly awaited debut of Belfast based Scots/Canadian writer/musician Peter GW Sumadh aka 'The Mad Dalton'.

The three sessions which garnered the material for "The Little Belfry EP" brought together a veritable dream team of some of the North's finest production talent & feature 5 original songs: 1 - Cloak And Dagger. 2 - Little Belfry. 3 - Drunkard's Dream. 4 - Madge. 5 - Farewell (Boy At The Station).

Musicians appearing on the album include longtime sidekicks Ciaran "Scruffy Gallagher (accordion), George McKinney (lead guitar) in addition to James Lyttle (bass), Michael "Wally" Walters (trombone), Claire McCartney (female vocals) & Michael Mormecha (drums).

The five songs represent just a small offering from the sessions & with additional recording sessions already planned, an LP release is imminent for the summer 2016!

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released November 6, 2015

All songs written & composed by The Mad Dalton.
Recorded/engineered by Michael Mormecha at Millbank Studios, NI.
Mixed by Jonny Woods at Sondar Sound.
Mastered by Jon Moorehead at Moosetronix, Belfast.
Art Direction By The Mad Dalton
Graphic Design By James Lyttle

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The music of Belfast-based Scots Canadian writer musician Peter GW Sumadh's (aka The Mad Dalton) has been percolating steadily for years leading up to his debut release "The Little Belfry EP". His compositions are perhaps recall 'Automatic For The People' era REM & Tom Waits. The Mad Dalton remains a songsmith devoted to his craft & there's more to come w/ an LP set for release in summer 2016! ... more

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Track Name: Cloak And Dagger
Cloak & Dagger
(written & composed by The Mad Dalton)

I’ve been shadowed by the cloak
I’ve been stabbed by the dagger
The moon has watched me in my midnight stagger
And I’ve had a dream, yeah we’ve all had a dream

I’d been kicked like a dog
I’ve been fighting tooth & nail
I skipped on out the country so I wouldn’t go to jail
And I was so afraid, my bed it had been made

Take me home – pull me back under the water
Take me home – back to that good ol’ waterin’ hole…

I’ve heard the sirens wailin’
I’ve heard the beating drum
The ghosts sing in city streets w/ crazy things they’ve done
And they had a dream yeah it’s all just a dream

We’ve been carrying quite a load
We’ve poured drinks the whole night through
We’ve looked upon the open road & I’ve kept my eye on you
And we’re all here still in this place & the moonlight’s shining through…

Take me home – pull me back under the water
Take me home – back to that illustrious waterin’ hole…

I’ve no time to think things over
To see if this whim may pass
And if you find a four leaf clover that’s been hiding in the grass
Go run w/ yer dream, yeah baby run w/ that dream

Well I hope that I’ll find virtue
Cause I know that I’ve found pain
I know that I can’t wait to see that pretty face again
And I am not afraid, my bed it has been made…

…my penance has been paid…
Track Name: Little Belfry
Little Belfry
(written & composed by The Mad Dalton)

The nuns threw you out of piano school
They couldn’t play by your rules
Sometimes yer put in your place
You know when yer fallin’ from grace

Some wait to talk, while some stop to listen,
You look in their eyes all you see is a prison

Honey’s still stuck to my sleeve
Yer gone but I still believe
His bike is still tied to a tree
Outside our Little Belfry

Father, Son and Holy Ghost
I’ll raise my glass & offer this toast
‘Cause love conquers fear makes it all disappear….

Maybe I’ll leave here one day
I’ll buy a cheap ticket in May
We’ll go to the town of my birth
And my secret places on Earth

Father, Son and Holy Ghost
I’ll raise my glass & offer this toast
‘Cause love conquers fear makes it all disappear….

I’ll see you there at the station
Don’t forget yer medication
I’ll bring the fire there w/ me
Forged in our Little Belfry
Track Name: Drunkard's Dream
Drunkard’s Dream
(written & composed by The Mad Dalton)

I see you’ve trouble on yer mind
But I can get through if you’ll let me here tonight
The words you say, they make me feel so unkind
Maybe that’s what’s deserving…

What’s that you say..?
You think I’ve wasted all yer time
Baby you once was a true friend of mine…

Girl I know that I ain’t easy
And you know sometimes, well I’ve had too much to dream
They say ‘Stand Up’ they say ‘Sit down’
I can’t take much more of this god-damned town
I just wish something would fire up & wake thee…

I’ve been so far from home girl forever
Wishing a nation would rise up & claim me
Babe I’m not asking for you to stop the bleeding
Only to wrap my arms around you while we dream

Anything that you want
Find a way to believe
You’ve everything that I want
Just find a way…to breathe

What’s that you say..?
Hope yer not wasting all my time
Lift yer head Mama let’s go have a good time…!

You don’t wanna’ go back from where once you came
No you don’t have to be just like that again
Livin’ out here no it really ain’t quite the same
You make drunkards smile outside in the rain…
Track Name: Madge
Madge
(written & composed by The Mad Dalton)

That was my girl
She was born in 1980
Came to desire
Yeah heard of a love, she learned to dream

Now that she’s ready
She said “Forever, forever’s too bad!”
Into the light she goes
I called for the best things she never had

She didn’t know the way
Crazy ‘til her dying day
Guess we all end up that way

Now she’s a big star
Now that the trend is becoming so clear
If she’ll take me higher
I’d take up the wheel away out of here

so cold
he’s so cold that way
he’s so cold that way, cold that way…

We’re just castaway
Send us back from where we came
We could never play that game

That was my girl
Flush in the face of her liberty
Her strangest desire
To step in the fire that’s burnin’ all night

so cold, he’s so cold, he’s so cold that way
so cold that way, cold that way

…that was my girl…!
Track Name: Farewell (Boy At The Station)
Farewell (Boy At The Station)
(written & composed by The Mad Dalton)

You know that I need you & care
I can’t find my thoughts anywhere
This game is for dreamers & fools
Who don’t ever tell you the rules

A hushed voice that speaks to my core
Yer party dress falls to the floor
Under fire still wanting more
You know I can’t swim anymore

So now my girl, who was once at my side
I jumped off too late baby thanks for the ride
You left me for broke but I think I survived…this time…

The fruits of our labour are song
When the words don’t belong
It’s clear from the pain & elation
We’ve never had this conversation

Father Son & Holy Ghost
Baby you know that I loved you the most
I read you my poems when we travelled to the coast

I can’t be that boy at the station
Waiting on love & affection
I’ll walk the road wild & free
There’s someplace that you’d rather be

Baby we rocked, But still you did roll
Kicked me w/pretty pink shoes right in my soul
Yer doctor knows best
Guess I didn’t pass the test

I wanted to see yer sweet face
Before memories took it’s place
The end of the road is now here
Remember that love conquers fear