Artist: Cup O’Joe
Hometown: County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Song: “Weathered & Worn”
Album: Why Live Without
Release Date: June 16, 2023
In Their Words: “All of us in the band take much inspiration from the areas we have grown up in, especially us three siblings who had spent most of our life in County Armagh, which is labelled the Orchard County of Ireland. So, there really had to be a song on this new album featuring our awe and love of trees.
“This song was written from the viewpoint of someone who is asking how this huge tree outside his window continues to stand firm and grow strong amidst the storms and the many years it has seen come and go. They are glad that its branches have sheltered their grandkids, and likely their great grandkids, but there is still a restlessness, an uneasiness, that someday, they, and it will stand no more. ‘But when I’m gone, we’ll still cry out together shouting, just waiting for the day of truth.’ The quietness and questions go hand in hand, to point us to the greater picture — that we can live in the hope that all things will be made new.” – Tabitha Benedict
Photo Credit: Katie Loughrin Photography