Aidan Scannell & Friends - Walking Beside Him

Tuesday 1st May 2001
Aidan Scannell & Friends - Walking Beside Him
Aidan Scannell & Friends - Walking Beside Him

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 3 3 3
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2550-27149
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

Aidan Scannell was born in Dublin and emigrated to Canada after touring that country whilst a member of an Irish pop band. He was ordained into the Canadian Roman Catholic Church at the end of the 1970s and lately he's been very involved in the charity Canadian Food For Children, some of the proceeds of the sale of this album will go towards its work in Third World countries. Eight of the 10 songs here were written by Aidan and his friends (the two odd ones out are "Amazing Grace" and Charlie Landsborough's favourite "My Forever Friend"), two of the friends", Brian Tyrrell and Hugo Straney, take lead vocals on one song each and to be brutally honest, Brian and Hugo have much better voices than Aidan, who sounds like a rather off-key Daniel O'Donnell. The songs themselves are variable in quality, most are rather trite lyrically and unimaginative musically and one of them might be criticised theologically. With all its shortcomings, not least an unacceptably brief playing time of just over 33 minutes, this album is very difficult to recommend.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Aileen Ferris (King) in Kilkenny, Ireland. @ 15:56 on Aug 3 2009

Hi Aidan,
Would you contact me privately by email, so we can have a chat! Talk Soon, Aileen (god daughter)

Posted by Fiona in Markham, Ontario @ 20:06 on Jun 14 2009

Everybody I know who has heard Aidan singing says that, "Aidan has the voice of an angel" and I wholeheartedly agree.
Aidan, your talent is God's gift to you. Singing and playing your drums is your gift to mankind. Use this gift and your wonderful sense of humour to bring cheer to lonely old people.
Rock on Aidan! :-)
Slan agus Beannaugh Aidan,

Posted by Aidan Scannell in Toronto Canada @ 22:21 on Aug 17 2005

Perhaps it is best for anyone who wishes to decide what they personnally think of "Walking beside Him" you can hear samples at

Posted by Aidan Scannell in Toronto Canada @ 00:45 on Jul 29 2005

900 cd's have been sold and 250 cassettes so I guess it was not all that bad. People have told me that they were deeply touched by this cd, some even told me that they played it every day. Aidan Scannell.

Reply by barbara sauve in hawkesbury ontario @ 18:04 on Nov 29 2011

Hi! I am really disappointed that you have not replied to my last e-mail. Have you made any other cd's.? Hope to hear from you. Barbara Sauve

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Reply by barbara sauve in hawkesbury ontario @ 02:31 on Nov 18 2009

Hi! we love your music. We are mother-in-law & father-in-law of dhane bahar. Please e-mail me as to how we can order some of your c.d's. Thank you
barbara Sauve

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