"The guitar, piano and occasional electronic beats throw a warm layer over the night like a jacket over a thin costume. “Ash” is as relaxing as a hearth fire; “Snow” offers a reminder of pleasures to come; and the closing “Ummoon” is like the joy of coming home with a full bag and being told, “Yes, you may eat another candy, because it’s Halloween.” Richard Allen, A Closer Listen
"Seamus O'Muineachain is an Irish mutli-instrumentalist and folk composer. his latest album 'blood apple' is autumn themed journey for meandering pianos and guitars that recalls the half-psychedelic, half traditional style of the British folk revival while adding elements of prog with some unexpected electronic percussion touches. never heard anything like this. one of the best pleasures of keeping up with this site is hearing stuff that fits that bill." The Modern Folk Music Of America
"Done largely on guitar and piano the songs are a finely interwoven tapestry of those instruments, though a healthy level of percussion is used as necessary. It's that sort of acoustic music you've doubtlessly heard played in a coffeehouse, and could carry many times it's weight by utilizing more musical avenues than the bare guitar playing. So much so it is more sedimental than many lyrically based compositions."
This is a Halloween release in that the songs are based on the month of October, the Autumn, the transition from one stage of life to the next, paganism and nature, and the ghouls and the banshees who come out at this time of year to see the dying of it.
The cover photo was taken by my father, also Seamus O'Muineachain, on Halloween (probably 1994) in Doohoma, Co Mayo. I am middle left. Front is my sister Brianna and back left my sister Trista. Middle right and back right are Kyle and Brooke Holmes respectively.