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The Wind That Shakes The Bramble

by Peter Broderick

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Bailing the hay Fireworks in May From country to the city Hooray Hooray? Hooray! Prawns in the bucket Love the place, but fuck it Some friends could do you good now I think… I think? I think they could It's all about the sharing It's all about connection Connection People can be nomads Some people don't have gonads We live to feel alive more Than a tad A tad?! More than a tad! Come on now, people! Just get out there and live those lives!
This has been A year without summer A year with laughter A year without you A year shook by winter winds A year of December A year to remember The summers we knew This has been A year of the killing frost A year of the wandering lost A year of pain A year of summer rain Stand at that window With no one beside you Walk through dark mirrors Down streets of fear Feel the seed of despair Grow as weeds high inside you Blooming in darkness Nourished by tears This has been A year of the locusts Whirling their wings inside mind And eating my soul Leaving my fields bare Darkening my summer air And here I stand On the edge of nowhere With nowhere to go In the summer snow
What happened to your heart? Was it just faulty from the start? Sometimes I've wondered If you locked something up in there That gnawed and clawed At the most vital parts of your most vital organ Until bang! That thing just stopped working, stopped working So what happened to your heart? Did you see it coming, Grandpa? You must've known the family history Felt yourself as a branch of that tree Or maybe you thought that you were different Was there something you could have done differently? It eats away at me, I would've loved to see See you with a happy heart Those ashes of yours scattered Into the atmosphere They break up so small To human eyes they disappear But maybe once they get that tiny They finally just get to do what they want What happened to your heart?


It’s the mid 1800s in Ireland, and a local poet from Limerick by the name of Robert Dwyer Joyce has written a ballad called ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’:

A bullet pierced my true love’s side In life’s young spring so early
And on my breast in blood she died While soft winds shook the barley

The recurring imagery of the barley standing tall amidst the breeze was meant to symbolise the resilience of Irish people amidst oppressive British rule. In 2006, the song title and its theme served as the inspiration for a powerful and heart-breaking film starring Cillian Murphy. Now, in 2021, Ireland-based singer-songwriter Peter Broderick pays homage once again, weaving this motif into his latest EP, The Wind That Shakes The Bramble.
Following on from his 2020 album, Blackberry, Broderick shares some additional work from the same sessions, as well as a beautiful two-part rework from Bing & Ruth (4AD) and the new 22-minute title track; an expansive and meditative ambient odyssey, a balm for the baffling chaos of the current era.

Broderick’s obsession with and devotion to the blackberry plant go well beyond his music. Last year, along with the release of the new album, he shared an eight-part video series titled The Blackberry Diaries in which he demonstrated all the different uses of this incredible, ubiquitous plant – everything from blackberry jam to weaving baskets and hats with the bramble vines, from making tea of out the young leaves to making artwork with late-season berries past their prime.

He draws attention to the fact that the blackberry plant itself is an incredible symbol of resilience. “It weaves itself all through our countryside, playing an important role in holding the soil together, and also makes its way into our cities, proliferating even in such hyper urban environments as London. And while most modern people have lost the ability to identify the wild plants growing around us, the Blackberry remains a commonly foraged plant all around the globe. It’s as if the more domesticated we become and the more our technology separates us from the natural world, the Blackberry finds its way into the hearts and minds of us humans, reminding us where we come from.”

The Wind That Shakes The Bramble will be out September 10 on Erased Tapes, ahead of Peter’s Blackberry UK Tour 2021 for which tickets are available:


released September 10, 2021

1 & 5 written by Peter Broderick, published by Erased Tapes Music 3 & 4 written by Peter Broderick & David Moore
2 written by Shel Silverstein
1-4 recorded and mixed by Peter Broderick
Additional recording and remix on 3 & 4 by David Moore
5 recorded and mixed by Dave Bianchi at OpenLab Barcelona Dry Town Studios Mastered by Barry Grint at Alchemy
Bramble baskets & photographs by Peter Broderick
Design & layout by Robert Raths


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Peter Broderick Galway, Ireland

Peter Broderick (1987) is an American born multi-instrumentalist and singer. In his later teenage years he became entwined in the Portland (Oregon) indie folk scene, recording for the likes of M. Ward, Laura Gibson and Dolorean.

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