Seamus Fogarty in Leeds
Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Tuesday 24th August 2021, £8.00
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Irish alt-folk and electronica alchemist Seamus Fogarty released his third album A Bag Of Eyes at the end of 2020. His second album for Domino Records, it follows on from the success of 2017s much-lauded The Curious Hand, a stunning, mercurial album that was awarded 5/5 by The Guardian. He released his debut full-length, God Damn You Mountain, on cult Scottish label Fence Records in 2012.
Originally from County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Fogarty now resides in London, and the capital provides the canvas for much of Fogartys output. Fogartys method of lifting sounds wholesale from his environment and tucking them into the folds of his songs like keepsakes, renders himself at once, artist and archivist as well as twisting the notion of the folk singers role as collector and custodian of stories, traditions and cultural curio.
If there is a restlessness to Fogartys songs it is there not only in their geographical sweep, their mingling of memory and nostalgia, but also in their sense of invention: audience anecdotes, a trad ballad cover, electronic fury, dirty guitar solos, all pressed fiercely together into something that feels startling and new and explorative.
'Seamus Fogarty has joined the big league with Domino Records. This stunning, mercurial album shows us why. Held together by Fogartys lovely unadorned voice, it constantly unwinds and uncoils, taking us on magical journeys through fable and modern life and back again, often in the same song.'
The Guardian (The Curious Hand)
'Modern folk songs shot through with great melancholy and humour, and embroidered with bursts of electronica and instrumentation.'
'Seamus Fogarty's songs are sparse affairs with banjo, guitars, cellos and electronics framing pithy, observational lyrics. ... There's poignancy too.'
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