Seamus Fogarty Tickets
A London-based singer and songwriter, Seamus Fogarty originally comes from County Mayo in the west of Ireland. Combining alt-folk, country and blues, as well as elements of electronica here and there, Fogarty's style is unique, and at times, hard to pin down. Many of the performer's early works are notable for their strange lyrics, which can be about anything from mountains that steal T-shirts to people who resemble dinosaurs. His more recent work has frequently been described as soul-searching, and the musician has had his songs played on BBC radio extensively.
Fogarty has taken to the main stage of the Green Man festival in Wales before and spent time touring the UK with some high-profile acts. For example, the singer has toured with Malcolm Middleton, best known for his work with Arab Strap, as well as the likes of James Yorkston and Pictish Trail. Fogarty has also toured all over Europe as a solo performer, including standout performances at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. He has recorded a number of live sessions for the RTE 1 show, The Works, over the years.
Seamus Fogarty's career milestones
Along with many performances in his home country, such as those in the Electric Picnic and Castlepolooza, Fogarty began putting on more and more shows in the UK, from around 2011. He was subsequently signed to the much-vaunted indie label, Fence Records, based in Scotland, in 2012. It was for this label that he produced his debut studio album, entitled God Damn You Mountain, which brought him to the attention of many for the first time. This critically well-received work was hailed by the Irish Times as among the best albums to be produced by an Irishman for years. That publication went on to say that the ghostly emotional wallop of Fogarty's songwriting is able to take the breath away from listeners.
Following the success of his debut, Fogarty set about a new EP of material, which won the plaudits of the music press and radio presenters alike. Released in September 2015, it was awarded a four-star rating by Mojo Magazine. Gideon Coe, the BBC Radio 6 DJ, called the title track of the EP, “Ducks and Drakes”, one of the best songs of that summer.
Fogarty's approach to storytelling in his songs, plus his unusual take on audio design concepts were taken up by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, something of a coup for a singer songwriter. That institution asked him to collaborate with an experimental opera company in the city to produce an aural installation. La Celestina was the result; an operatic work that required Fogarty to produce a 70-page manuscript.
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