We are delighted to announce this very special fully-seated show featuring Choice Music Prize Winner 2009 Adrian Crowley. Last March there was a collective cheer throughout the Irish music industry when Adrian Crowley stepped onto the stage at Vicar Street and accepted the much-coveted Choice Music Prize for best Irish album of 2009. It was as if justice was finally served to the Galway raised musician after ten years of recording, writing and performing in what is regarded as a truly deserved and indisputable accolade for his fifth album, Season Of The Sparks.
Long Distance Swimmer, his 2007 Choice nominated album, marked the first steps from little known artist to one of this country’s most valued songwriters who had been quietly honing his craft, or as The Sunday Times described, “using stealth as a deadly weapon.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ryan Adams even named Adrian Crowley one of his favourite underground writers. The last year has been an amazing one for Crowley, releasing his most accomplished album to date, signing a worldwide deal with the iconic Scottish label Chemikal Underground, curating his own Homelights Festival and welcoming a new arrival to his family.
Season Of The Sparks is a languorously melodic piece of work. Recalling Bill Callahan, Robert Wyatt and Leonard Cohen, the album’s beauty lies not only in the evocative melancholy of the lyrics but in the way they’re brought to life by an idiosyncratic array of instruments like the Marxophone, harmoniums, Mellotrons and the odd shruti box. Much of Adrian’s music often references nature and Season Of The Sparks is practically gorged full of Arcadian imagery with dreaming horses, bees, vines, honeycombs and kindling set against a backdrop of Robert Kirby-esque string arrangements courtesy of London duo Geese.
It’s not all pastoral dreaminess though, with songs like “The Wishing Seat” and “Liberty Stream” offering stirring choruses and gloriously swirling piano to break up the tempo and in “Squeeze Bees” Adrian also manages to sneak in a cheeky Ivor Cutler song – and that can never be a bad thing.
Having toured and performed alongside the likes of Low, Silver Jews, Vetiver and Vashti Bunyan, Crowley’s live show has swollen into a powerful proposition. Here are some kind words from the critics:
“Crowley’s most consistently beautiful album yet” **** (4 stars) The Irish Times