Monday, August 14, 2017

The Sheer Rapture

Upcoming concerts:

19 August: Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, at Anseo, Dublin. Charity concert for the Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless. Event page: http://bit.ly/2w5TyiD

3 September: Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, at Electric Picnic (Body & Soul main stage), Stradbally Hall.

3 September: Catscars, at Electric Picnic (Earthship stage), Stradbally Hall.

7 September: Catscars, at the Bernard Shaw, Dublin.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thrilled with fire of hidden day

Upcoming Dublin concerts with Patrick Kelleher:

1 July, Bello Bar: http://bit.ly/2pyAjYV (there'll be some surprises at this very special event with Everything Shook and Catscars, and I'll be also playing as a member of the latter)

8 July, Grand Social: http://bit.ly/2sISbCJ (with The Jimmy Cake)

Monday, June 12, 2017

East

Playing as part of Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands on Saturday evening in Dublin in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless: http://bit.ly/2secfPo -CANCELLED.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ruakh

A short documentary on me and my musical work will be screened at the Hamburg Short Film Festival at Friday June 9th. The programme for this festival also features work on and from a diverse range of Irish artists, including Rusangano Family, Abaddon Incarnate, and Arbutus Yarns.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

No whence! No whither!

Live in Dublin: Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands / Catscars / Everything Shook

In Dublin on 1 July, you can catch me play live as part of both Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands and Catscars, alongside our friends Everything Shook (an act we work closely with, and whose simultaneously humorous and sinister performances are something special: they remind me of The Residents): we'll be showcasing the material we've been working on and refining over the last few years. Click here for Facebook event page.

Tenro live recording available online

An extended excerpt of my live performance with Marc Aubele as Tenro at our album launch last November in Dublin can be heard at various locations online:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Troth

Next concert with Patrick Kelleher:

Thursday 4 May at the Bernard Shaw, Dublin (click for Facebook event page)

New piece from BORNLESS:



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Echad

Bornless

Over the last few months I've been working on some new projects which, in collaboration with a variety of vocalists, explore spoken word performances alongside minimalist and expansive music.

One was debuted live last Friday night (see below), and the first piece of another is now available to hear online. More to come soon:


Martin A. Egan: A Man In Full

Many thanks to all the audience members and performers who travelled from near and far to attend the Martin A. Egan tribute concert and launch of his album A Man In Full on Friday. An emotionally deep and cathartic event that felt like it needed to be done. By the end of the night there was no doubt that this was a celebration of love and life.

Particular thanks to my co-organisers John Kearns (who did an especially remarkable job as MC of the evening), Carol Keogh, and Ruairi Conneely.

And to my musical collaborators on the night: Debra Wallace (with her outstanding and uplifting version of Martin's 'I Lived On An Island Once'),
Ruairi Conneely (the unearthly and uncanny collaboration of ours debuted on the night will be performed live again and recorded in the near future),
...And a pleasure to once again play alongside Dara 'Dip' Higgins (bassist best known from the Jimmy Cake who performed on A Man In Full), Bryan O'Connell (who was involved in the earliest stages of my work with Martin and now composer for award-winning dance & theater productions such as those of Junk Ensemble), and Kevin Whyte (stalwart sound engineer who worked throughout on the album and with Martin live).

And thank you to Loreana Rushe for her beautiful poster design, to The Thin Air for all their support, to sound engineer on the night Sean Corcoran who delivered an immaculate presentation of the nineteen (!) acts (whose instrumentation ranged from uilleann pipes and harps through to electronics and violins played through masses of effect pedals), and to all of Martin's family... you all made this such a wonderful and moving event.

When I first started working with Martin back in 2009, this was the first song we did. Pure folk horror, a Michael Hartnett poem ended up as Lovecraftian Sean Nós, pitch-black, haunted and menacing:




And here's the opening song - and my favourite track - from A Man In Full, written by Martin and myself, recorded by - and with electric guitar and drums from - Tommy O Sullivan of Estel, and mixed by Kevin Whyte: