Niall Mc Guigan is a musician and music therapist from
Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. After fourteen years
of performing in a variety of bands spanning genres such
as metal, grunge, rock, funk & reggae, Niall is embarking
on his first album as a solo artist.
His debut album "Awareness" is a collection
of songs written over a period of six years expressing
experiences of travel, education and self-discovery.
It incorporates many musical styles including reggae,
folk, rock, and Khoomii (Mongolian throat singing) fused
with cross-cultural influences ranging from South American
shamanism to Eastern meditation practices. Similar to
the idea of songlines, a term used in aboriginal culture
to describe songs that create a map, each song on the
album is in sequential order providing the listener
with a map that points attention within - towards self-discovery,
awareness and connection to the heart.
The album's title "Awareness" is a term which
Niall feels communicates the common thread linking the
various introspective practises that he has experienced,
and also the songs he has written. Through the development
of awareness, true freedom, authenticity and compassion
can be achieved, as it dissolves illusion and uncovers
the endless depth to our human experience.