Chart success for Limerick’s Don Mescall with new album Lighthouse Keeper

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Chart success for Limerick's Don Mescall with new album Lighthouse Keeper

LIMERICK’S own Don Mescall has gone straight to the top of the charts with his new album Lighthouse Keeper.

The Ahane man, who released the album last Friday and launched it with a sold-out show at the University Concert Hall this Tuesday night, has topped the official independent album charts and gone in at number ten in the overall album charts.

It is a fabulous success for Mescall and the album, his first since 2006’s Innocent Run.

Tweeting, he said: “Its official Lighthouse Keeper straight in NUMBER ONE @IMROireland OFFICIAL charts thanks so much X”.

Sales from November 2 to November 8 counted for the charts and out of the chart relevant sales of Lighthouse Keeper, 97.8% were physical CDs, according to AGR Television Records.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader last week about the album, the songwriter to the stars who has seen his work for the likes of Geri Halliwell to the Backstreet Boys to Ronan Keating appear on over ten million records worldwide, said it had been “an amazing journey”.

“I did an album in 2006 and, honestly, I didn’t like any of the process. I was a lot younger, I didn’t have management, I was kind of pushed into it,” he said.

“I ended up making a record that - really - I wasn’t ready for, I don’t think. So, when that was done and it came out, I pulled back and just decided that I want by the songwriter in the background - I just didn’t like the life. And then some success followed,” he laughed.

“I promised myself that if the right bunch of songs came along at some stage, that I would make another record. But I would be a much different position, I would have full artistic control.”

Equipped with his own studio in London and the leverage that being a songwriter to the stars can bring, he set about finding his voice.

“I was in Nashville and was writing and without even thinking about it too much, subconsciously I guess, I was writing for my own album. I found that I was writing these songs that really explained where I was in my life,” says Don.

“I think I am in a better place in my life as well and I think the timing is right for me, isn’t that amazing? And I have found that I really enjoy singing these songs. These songs I have written for myself and that is the difference.”

Joining him on Lighthouse Keeper are a cast of characters that includes Nathan Carter, Paul Brady, Sharon Corr and Stella Parton. The long-awaited solo record is both beautiful and heartfelt as well as bursting at the seams with the cream of the crop of singers - yet it is the Limerick man’s voice, his lyrical heart and his soul that continually rises to the top in the songs on this gorgeous album.