8th February 2013: Seamus Fogarty & John (Blek) O'Connor in Plugd Records, Cork (1 Viewer)


Jul 11, 2008

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Seamus Fogarty & John O'Connor

Plugd Records, 1st Floor Triskel Arts Centre, Tobin Street (Cork)
Friday 8th February
8.30pm - (early show - over at 10.30pm)

Fence Records songsmith Seamus Fogarty plays Cork for the first time and is joined by John Blek & The Rats frontman John O'Connor for an intimate folk-filled evening within the cosy confines of Ireland's favourite independent record store.

Seamus Fogarty

Seamus Fogarty hails from the west of Ireland and writes songs about mountains that steal t-shirts, women who look like dinosaurs and various other unfortunate incidents.

He came to the attention of Scottish record label Fence Records after supporting James Yorkston (Domino/Fence Records) at a show in Kilkenny. An invitation to the Collective’s annual Home Game festival in Anstruther, Fife, soon followed – with Seamus performing in front of about five people at a secret pub show/bar room brawl. King Creosote was one of those in attendance, and was immediately hooked (nearly left-hooked).

This year began with Jim Carroll of the Irish Times picking Seamus as one of the 10 acts to keep an eye on for 2012. Since then he has played at the Camden Crawl in London, toured the UK with James Yorkston, opened for King Creosote and Jon Hopkins in Vicar Street, performed on the main stage at The Green Man Festival in Wales and is set to perform on the Body & Soul stage at the Electric Picnic in September. Seamus’s debut album, God Damn You Mountain, was released on Fence Records in April 2012 and is available to buy from fencerecords.com.

Video for 'The Waterside' -

Live for TopmanCTRL -

Gratuitous quote binge:

"Singer-songwriter Seamus Fogarty is a no-nonsense operator with a fine handle on strong, melodic, powerful folk, country and blues"
Jim Carroll, Irish Times

"Dreamy, mesmerising folk music with Americana feel from Irish singer-songwriter"
The List Magazine

"Deep listening psychedelic folk, a peaty brew."
The Quietus Magazine

"Surreal, gently humorous songwriting"
Clash Magazine

John O'Connor

John O'Connor fronts John Blek and the Rats, a six-piece folk and country group from Cork City whose infectious brand of Americana influenced balladry has travelled up and down the roads of Ireland, the UK and Europe, kicking up the dust in the dark corners for the last two years.

Born in the modern day dustbowl that is Ireland, John Blek and the Rats take inspiration from range of musical styles such as the outlaw country of Willy Nelson, the protest ballads of Woody Guthrie, the 100 mile-an-hour lyricism of Jack Keruoac and the melancholic country rock of Neil Young. Despite their musical roots being deeply embedded in the past, John Blek and the Rats have a sound that is fresh and modern, while also doffing its hat to a gonebye era. The streak of melancholy that runs throughout their music is tempered only by their penchant for footstomping rhythms and contagious choruses, a passion for revelry and, at times, lunacy.

Video for 'Don't Take The Road I've Taken':

Video for 'Take Me Home':

"The Rebel County’s answer to Ryan Adams and his Cardinals"
Celina Murphy, Hotpress"Insanely debaucherous footstomping night of lunacy"
Mark McAvoy, The Evening Echo

For more info visit: breakingtunes.com/johnblekandtherats // www.facebook.com/pages/John-blek-The-Rats-Official // www.youtube.com/johnblekoconnor

- Seamus Fogarty & John O'Connor play Plugd Records Friday, 8th February.
- Tickets are priced at €5 and available to purchase at the door.
- Music from 8.30pm until 10.30pm (early show)

All queries, interview requests etc. to [email protected]


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