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

Posted on July 2nd, 2015


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?”

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Thanks to Muiris Dunworth for creating a Spotify playlist of 34 of the artists. A Deezer version is here.


Posted on November 20th, 2012


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