‘Carlow Town’ recounts a night spent sleeping in a church in Carlow with Fogarty’s most immediate production yet backing him.
The video by Jack Barraclough with hand drawn animation courtesy of Finnish artist Venla Linna features Fogarty alongside his bandmates Emma Smith and Aram Zarikian in a number of unusual poses as they work their way through a series of choreographed adventures.
Seamus Fogarty live dates
17th August – AKA Fringe Festival, Kilkenny Tickets
26th August – Sea Change Festival, Devon Tickets
16th Sept – Head for the Hills Festival, Bury Tickets
4th October – Old Queen’s Head, London Tickets
21st Oct – Ritual Union Festival, Oxford Tickets
3rd November – Christ Church, Castlebar Tickets
8th November – The Workmans Club, Dublin Tickets
9th November – Roisin Dubh, Galway Tickets
10th November – Phil Grimes, Waterford Tickets
11th November – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick Tickets
12th November – The Roundy, Cork Tickets
21st November – The Canteen, Bristol Free entry
22nd November – The Basement, York Tickets
23rd November – The Lamplight Club @ The Regather Works, Sheffield Tickets
24th November – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow Tickets
25th November – High & Lonesome Festival, Leeds Tickets
26th November – The Prince Albert, Brighton Tickets
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?”