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Junior Brother releases 20-minute song ‘Junior Brother’s Favourite’

Junior Brother releases 20-minute song ‘Junior Brother’s Favourite’


Kerry artist Ronan Kealy aka Junior Brother has released a 19-minute 45 second song entitled ‘Junior Brother’s Favourite’, which serves as an EP release, and a followup to last year’s album The Great Irish Famine.

Of the long track, Kealy says:

“This song was written on the day I moved back to Dublin after the first 3 months of the 2020 lockdown spent at home in Co. Kerry. After that long-feeling period of uncertainty and writers’ block at home, I sat to try once more to write something. As soon as I did, the flow returned in a rush of focus never before felt – the atmospheres of home so crucial to my work returned again only upon my leaving. Everything which silently built up during the previous few months was suddenly spit up and staked to the front of my subconscious in a dizzying frenzy. Uncharged images from the months of nothingness now beckoned meaning, and meanings more images, until field was followed by meadow, then beach, then sea, until everything reached the sky, and fear became my favourite, and the darkness was chiseled to try to look like love.”

The song was recorded by John “Spud” Murphy in Hellfire Studios in the Dublin Mountains, and it also features his new band in full for the first time on record, ahead of a UK tour this month, where he’ll be playing with the full band.

It will be released on 10″ vinyl on June 10th, and is available to pre-order now, from Strange Brew.

Junior Brother Tour Dates

Tuesday 18 April FUTURE YARD, Birkendhead

Wednesday 19 April THE LIBRARY, Oxford

Friday 21 April THE HUG & PINT, Glasgow

Sunday 23 April THE CRESCENT, York

Monday 24 April THE FOLKLORE ROOMS, Brighton

Tuesday 25 April. THE HARE & HOUND, Birmingham

Wednesday 26 April LE PUB, Newport

Friday 28 April THE MOTH CLUB, London

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