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Irish folk/metal pioneers, Cruachan return with their brand-new single ‘The Hawthorn’. Listen below…


The new single will feature on the bands’ forthcoming new album which is due for release via Despotz Records.

Described as “A track steeped in Irish folklore“, ‘The Hawthorn’ is set in Ireland during the 1700s when the population were heavily under the influence of the Catholic church while still holding onto old Pagan beliefs.

It balances the band’s love of Irish traditional folk music with uncompromising metal, a style of music the band helped develop back in the early 1990s.

Frontman Keith Fay comments, “The Hawthorn tree is a fairy tree, you will see them all over Ireland growing in strange unlikely places where other trees would have been cut down. It is extremely unlucky to cut down a hawthorn tree else you anger the Faerie folk. In the song, the woman is taking her dead baby to bury under the tree, to give her baby to the faeries. We don’t know how the baby died or what has led to this decision but she is set in her ways and the baby will not have a Christian burial.

The Hawthorn is taken from the bands’ upcoming new album, due early 2021 on Despotz Records.

Watch the official video below…

Oran O’Beirne 2020