Irish alt-folk alchemist Seamus Fogarty released his third album ‘A Bag Of Eyes’ at the end of 2020. His second album for Domino Records, it follows on from the success of 2017’s ‘The Curious Hand’, an album that was widely praised for its fresh approach to folk music and traditional instrumentation. He released his debut full-length, ‘God Damn You Mountain’, on cult Scottish label Fence Records in 2012.
He latest single, ‘They Recognised Him’is a dolorously funny spoken word lament set to queasily de-tuned guitar chords and wheezing synths. Released on Lost Map Records, it marks Seamus’s first work with Lost Map Records since 2015’s Ducks and Drakes EP (“fleeting remembrances and fugitive feelings” ★★★★ – The Skinny). ‘They Recognised Him’ is taken from the forthcoming Hee Haw EP, a ramshackle collection of songs and instrumentals that Seamus has been working on for the last couple of years. It’s set for release on 12” vinyl and via digital services on October 27, 2023.
Earlier this year he toured the UK with Irish folk sensation Lisa O’Neill and he has appeared at many notable festivals including the main stage of Green Man, Cambridge Folk, Latitude, Eurosonic & Haldern Pop. He has also recorded live sessions for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radio 2 show and Cerys Matthews on BBC 6Music.
Expect a live show that dips into numerous genres from krautrock to traditional balladry and everything in between, old songs and new, mixing conventional instrumentation with found sounds and live electronics, all fronted by Fogarty’s plaintive vocal and songwriting.
‘Magical journeys through fable and modern life and back again, often in the same song’
The Guardian *****
‘Nestles beautifully at the point where the digital and analogue worlds collide’
The Skinny *****
‘By turns gritty and poetic…a real original’
The Observer (UK) ****
‘That rare thing in folk: original, self-contained and unencumbered by the genre’
“The ghostly emotional wallop of the tunes will take your breath away”
The Irish Times ****