The Acoustic Yard on Tuesday the 30th of September in Matt Molloy’s will celebrate the new emerging singer/songwriters emanating from the island of Ireland. 5 artists all with a story to tell and each one signifying the diversity of talent on these shores.
Currently working on a new album due for release in Winter 2014, Warren Attwell from Belfast is a pop singer-songwriter with substance. His ever-evolving style combines a raw yet soothing voice reminiscent of Sting or a young Bryan Adams with modern melodic hooks and production influenced by bands like Coldplay, Keane and the Killers.
He studied Music Technology in Queens University music which culminated in his debut solo effort ‘Chapter One’ released in September 2008.
He then spent the next 2 years working hard on his second EP ‘Fallen From Grace’; a collection of songs exploring love, loss, imperfection and redemption. Received with critical acclaim, title track ‘Fallen From Grace’ and heavy hearted foot stomper ‘Time’ received massive radio support. This, alongside his passionate live performances, helped to propel him to the forefront of Belfast’s bustling music scene.
Blending folk, blues and acoustic pop to taste, Brian Casey’s debut solo EP ‘Plain Sailing’ is a collection of songs that find things to be positive about in the face of poor weather and bad news. Released in August 2013, this first 5 track offering showcased a wide range of styles and moods influenced as much by contemporary singer-songwriters of the past decade as they are by the likes of the Beatles and folk/blues artists of the 50’s and 60’s.
Winning positive reviews in national publications and significant radio exposure, Casey toured nationally promoting the EP. Along with an Autumn/Winter tour, Brian will be featured in hard Working Class Heroes 2014 as well as Guinness’s Amplify series.
‘Bricks & Mortar’, the debut release from Sligo songbird Jean Harnett is equal parts ‘Mississippi Delta’ blended with the wilds of West Ireland. This honest, thoughtful, and powerful EP will stir up comparisons to Damien Rice, Alison Krauss, and Glen Hansard, while having a ‘familiar’ and distinct sound all its own. With this record, Jean deftly navigates the waters of complex subject matter (relationships, family, and growing up) with impassioned storytelling, haunting melody, and a swagger that transcends her tender age. Jean has spent a lot of time recording and performing in Seattle honing her particular unique viewpoint in songwriting.
Callum Keaveny from Letterkenny Co. Donegal is an accomplished guitar and keyboard/piano player who has been playing music since the age of 7yrs. He released his critical acclaimed debut EP in January 2014 which he recorded at ‘Mo+Co’ studios in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. This EP has 5 original tracks all of which were composed and performed by Callum and have received considerable air time. He recently played as far afield at the renowned ‘Arlene’s Grocery and ‘The Scratcher Sessions’ in New York. Callum will be touring around Ireland at various venues promoting his new EP linking up with the ‘Guinness Amplify’ series.
Brian Lalor, a Laois native who now resides in the North Cork area has recently released his debut EP ‘Hand Full of Seeds’. This collection of songs has been described by some, as refreshing and honest. With over a decade of experience writing, performing and recording music, covering everything from folk to metal to garage band Brian has been busy writing his own material whilst also learning his stage-craft combining, the sounds and spirits of Chuck Berry to Tom Waits through Steve Earle and Fats Domino. All this experience soul-searching and mining for musical gold has led to the already mentioned ‘Hand Full Of Seeds’, completely self-funded and recorded at Golden Egg Studios in Portlaoise. In describing the EP, Brian sees it as “a blend of acoustic country blues folk and rock”.