Johnny Duhan

                                                                                   The Fallen Tree

After a number of hard knocks in 2014, I struggled into 2015 with not just a chip on my shoulder but a full beam on my back. One winter morning while carrying this load up an incline in Barna Woods (a place I often stroll through), I found my usual path blocked by a fallen tree, knocked by a storm the night before. Rooted to the spot by the surprise obstacle, I scratched my head glancing around at other smaller trees that had survived the tempest. While making my way around the exposed root structure at the end of the wide trunk I noticed that the bed the tree had grown in was a wide ledge of solid rock, with little or no root room. Examining the roots themselves I saw that the long fibrous tentacles had had to stretch themselves right to the edge of the rock ledge and over it to gain earth support and nourishment to grow. By the great size of the tree, it had been no mean achievement to have flourished and grown for so long. Still thinking of this when I got home from my walk, I jotted an account of my encounter with the tree in my Song Journal, and a few days later a song grew organically from my notes, “The Fallen Tree”. Without strain or effort, other songs started stemming from the same natural source, all related one way or the other to the felled tree, which I began to associate with the proverbial Tree of Life and with my own life history and journey. It took five months to complete the full collection Creation, which I intend releasing as an album in early 2016, to mark the 50th year of my calling in song.  A video of The Fallen Tree made by Tony Walsh & Tocar Media will appear on Youtube prior to the album’s release.  The title song “Creation” will be released as a single on iTunes and other download outlets in September 2015.  For further details of the overall work Creation click on Events.



Townhall, Galway -  Friday 18 Sept, 8pm box office: 091 569777  www.tht.ie

The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Friday 25 Sept, 8pm box office: 071 9650828 www.thedock.ie

Hawkswell, Sligo - Wednesday  4 Nov, 8pm box office:  071 916151 www.hawkswell.com

New songs started coming earlier in the year so I put everything on hold and gathered my crop. All going well, I should have the collection ready for release by the end of the year. Before then, I have some shows coming up in the autumn, which I’m looking forward to. I’ll certainly sing the below song, The Fallen Tree, and possibly a few others that stemmed from the same fruitful source.