UK indie survivor Domino Records has signed Mayo alt-folk exponent Seamus Fogarty, and released a video for his label debut single ‘Short Ballad for a Little Man’ this morning.
A string-laden introduction gives way to drone and synths, serving as an introduction for Fogarty’s creative approach to a bigger audience. Directed by Kieran Evans (Vashti Bunyan among others), the video was filmed at various locations around the Thames Estuary in London, including Isle of Grain, Isle of Sheppey and Shellness Beach.
Originally from County Mayo, Fogarty currently resides in London. His previous releases include debut full-length album God Damn You Mountain (Fence/Lost Map) and 2015’s EP Ducks and Drakes.
Produced by Fogarty and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts), Short Ballad For A Long Man is a lament for the 250-year-old skeleton of giant Irishman Charles Byrne, as displayed in The Hunterian Museum in London.
Seamus Fogarty is an Irish songwriter and musician who has long since flown from his Mayo homeland. Embedded in the British folk scene, Fogarty released a superb album in 2012 called God Damn You Mountain, which brought his folk music together with field recordings and more ambient touches.
Three years later, Fogarty has returned to Scotland’s Lost Map Records to release a new EP called Ducks & Drakes on September 4th. The four-track 24 minute release is being released on 12″ vinyl with screen printed sleeves by Fogarty himself.
The title track encapsulates what Fogarty does best, juxtaposed between English folk textures and a very Irish voice, while electronic textures and brass provide a contemporary backdrop to it all. The video is by Drew Dir of Manual Cinema.
Seamus is playing some dates in the UK including Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fringe event in Scotland along with upcoming festival dates, and support for Lisa O’Neill in Wexford, Kilkenny, Cork and more.
Sun, Jul 26 @ Cloudspotting Festival, Slaidburn Fri, Jul 31 @ Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall Sat, Aug 8 @ Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fringe!, Penicuik Town Hall, Midlothian Fri, Aug 21 @ Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford (W/ Lisa O’neill) Sat, Aug 22 @ Set Theatre, Kilkenny (W/ Lisa O’neill) Thu, Aug 27 @ Coughlans, Cork (W/ Lisa O’neill) Thu, Sep 3 @ South Street Arts Centre, Reading Sun, Sep 13 @ Green Man Beer Festival, Kings Cross, London
Today, I kick off a four-part series feature where I share a selection of 40 artists polled from 40 people who I’d consider arbiters of good taste in the new music department from musicians to bloggers to radio heads to writers to label heads and everything in-between. The idea of the list is to discover something you may have missed in the course of the last year or so. These are new artists in the sense that they are on one album or less, generally are not hugely well known yet and are the kind of names if, you haven’t been paying attention over the last year, will get you up to speed on new music and hopefully if you’re already up to speed, you’ll uncover something else to get excited about. This is the first of four parts, in no particular order, in which answer the question: “What are your five best new musical discoveries of the year?”