I first heard Niall Connoly’s ‘Skin and Bones’ over the PA after a gig and, flush as I was with musical juice, it immediately jumped into my head and refused to leave. I don’t know what it is about some songs that make them indelible, but I quickly became obsessed with it. The simplicity of the song belies the depth of the sentiment, but simultaneously allows for any number of different interpretations.
I’m not really a county fan, but this song was crying out to me for a pumpin’ back beat and some multi-vocal harmonies. It also needs some banjo, but as yet I do not know how to play that, so you’ll have to make do.
If you like this tune, please consider sharing it as widely as you can. The only reason I record this is for others to hear them, so the more ears the better!