Performed with John Sheehan from The Dubliners, “McCormack’s Wall” is classic Hansard: intimate, compelling and raw songwriting.
As Hansard ponders the passing of time with his new infatuation (“I was so happy just to be with you / […] well here we are / what’s there to do / lay down”) we hear contemplative piano stride through strings and, later, a rousing Irish jig.
The accompanying video is as good and true as Hansard’s work, set in a busy Dublin pub where a girl prances to the beat. A slightly romanticised Ireland it may be but you can’t help but feel these kinds of haunts are part of Hansard’s creative stomping ground.
“McCormack’s Wall” appears on Hansard’s new album, Didn't He Ramble, out now.