EP Launch gig: Whelans (upstairs), Dublin, Thurs 21st March. Full band show.
Niall Colfer is the kind of musicians that, once heard for the first time, you’ll wonder how you never heard his music before. Niall has honed a distinctive style; a hushed confidence of melody and groove, inside folk, rock and sometimes even disco. Not afraid to admit where his inspiration comes from, he says it’s everything from love, loss, to the history of life. You’ll find street scenes in one song, ancient maps in another.
Niall’s songs come across as honest explorations of everyday feelings without the smaltz. He hits a characteristic groove in each song, which just continues on through, hooking you in. Together, the songs leave an impression of subtlety, individualism and toe-tapping rhythm, with lyrics that creep on up and get you thinking.
Former member of the critically acclaimed band Salthouse, Niall released his first solo album, entitled Finds, on legendary independent Dublin label 1969 Records in 2009. This was followed by a period of gigging to promote the album with acts such as The Proclaimers (who he supported on a memorable night in Dublin’s National Concert Hall) and The House of Love. When on tour with American Music Club singer, Mark Eitzel, Niall was introduced to the man who would provide the sonic template for the new songs he had been writing. This was Sean Coleman, a producer and multi-instrumentalist who had spent two decades in San Francisco recording and playing with such artists as Kelly Stolz, American Music Club and members of Wilco. The two began to record together soon after.
The first fruits of these sessions will be released on 1969 Records on Friday 22nd March in the form of an EP entitled Before the night goes. These four songs provide a taste of the change in direction in Niall’s music and a new, more mature approach to his songwriting. Coleman’s atmospheric guitar playing acts as a perfect foil to Niall’s intuitive and intricate style. The producer’s Americana influence can be heard all over these new songs, from the beautiful lap steel guitar on Blew Away to the wurlitzer electric keyboard on the title track. Recorded at night time over an old mans pub on the north side of Dublin, Before the night goes sees Niall grappling with issues of identity and regret as well as providing character studies of the people he sees everyday passing him by on the street.
Praise for Finds
"Proving that the art of song writing isn't dead, Niall Colfer's debut is a joy to listen to from start to finish....Blind Eye is one of the best tracks that i've heard in moons". Hot Press
".. you'd need a heart of concrete to resist.." Sunday Business Post
"Intelligent pop music that steers clear of self indulgence" The Star
"Finds is a keeper" Evening Herald
NEWSNew EP, 'Before the night goes', out on March 22nd on 1969 Records!
EP Launch gig: Whelans (upstairs), Dublin, Thurs 2st March. Full band show.
Thursday May 2nd: Woodstock Cafe, Phibsboro, Dublin. As part of Phizzfest. Solo show.