Carol Keogh & The City Fathers & Cat Dowling play Upstairs at Whelan’s on Saturday night.
Carol Keogh & The City Fathers After many years writing, recording and performing with bands such as The Plague Monkeys, The Tycho Brahe and Autamata, Dublin-based singer and songwriter Carol Keogh is forging a solo career, backed by her band The City Fathers. In 2008, Keogh began recording and performing as a solo artist, with band members Colin Morris (guitars/keys), Martin Moran (guitars), Elton Mullally (bass) and Dave Hingerty (drums). Keogh is currently recording her debut solo album Mongrel City. She is also half of experimental electro-acoustic collaboration The Natural History Museum with composer Dunk Murphy (AKA Sunken Foal). They will release their debut album Attenborough early in 2012. Previous releases include two albums with The Plague Monkeys (1997’s ‘Surface Tension’ and ‘The Sunburn Index’ in 1999), two albums with The Tycho Brahe (‘This Is’ in 2002 followed by double album ‘Love Life’ in 2003). Keogh also collaborated with Ken McHugh on his Autamata project, co-writing more than 15 tracks over the course of three albums (2003’s ‘My Sanctuary’, ‘Short Stories’ in 2005 and ‘Colours of Sound’ in 2008).
Cat Dowling As the front woman and main songwriter with Alphastates, Cat Dowling gained many adminers for her energy on the live stage and for her hushed and raw deliveries. Comparisons to Liz Frazer from Cocteau Twins and Beth Gibbons from Portishead have followed Cat throughout her career, which has seen her develop into an exceptional songwriter and passionate performer. Her songs have featured in everything from major Irish and American dramas to independent European movies to computer games, all the while displaying a rare versatility and gift for melody. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her first solo album. It’s a bare, stripped down affair of funeral pop revealing the depth of Cat’s songwriting ability whilst showcasing the textures and beautiful crackles in her voice.
It’s no secret that we think Carol Keogh has one of the most amazing voices around. The debut Carol Keogh & The City Fathers LP Mongrel City is due out at some stage this year and should be amazing if past performance is anything to go by.
Anyway, if you fancy winning a pair of tickets just email [email protected] with CAROLKEOGHTICKETSPLEASE as the subject by midnight on Wednesday.
Whelanslive.com presents Carol Keogh & The City Fathers Cat Dowling Saturday 3rd March Upstairs At Whelan’s Tickets €9 available to buy online now from Whelanslive.com or the WAV Box Office at 39 Camden Row (next door to Whelan’s side entrance) or on 1890 200078.