Deep Is The Well is an ambitious collection of original songs written and performed by Kevin O’Donnell. Follow the descendants of Michael Fagan, a 19th century Irish immigrant, through 170 years of struggle for the American Dream. Their experiences still echo in the places they called home – from the forgotten prairie towns of the industrial heartland to the insular steel mill culture rimming the lower Great Lakes; from Times Square in New York City to the San Joaquin Valley in California; and from the frozen copper country of Lake Superior to the rain-soaked suburbs of the Pacific Northwest.


These poignant, emotional portraits are framed by extraordinary musicianship.
Featuring: Jim DeWan, Finbar Furey, Larry Gray, Kathleen Keane, Bill Lanphier,

Maurice Lennon, Haley O’Donnell, John Rice, John Williams, and Jessica Willis



Reviews for Deep is the Well

“…Kevin O’Donnell has done this style proud with a lovely Irish folk affair documenting multiple generations of Irish immigrants in Illinois.

This is all historical fiction, but through both his music and storytelling, you may have the feeling that you have heard some of these songs before.”


–, March 2014




“O’Donnell is a bard in every sense of the word…He recounts all original songs of a journey of centuries past…It is quintessential Irish married to quintessential Americana, just like you and me.

Deep is the Well is a Top Shelf Selection…I will wear grooves in this one.”


– John O’Brien, Jr.
Irish American News Ohio, May 2013




“I have seldom seen a CD that was such an artistic whole…let master storyteller Kevin O’Donnell weave his magic around you. It will be a trip you’ll remember.”


– Jack Baker
Piping It In – Irish American News Column, May 2013