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Irish songwriter Seamus Fogarty and his band borrow something from every genre from krautrock to traditional balladry and everything in between, mixing conventional instrumentation with found sounds and live electronics, all fronted by Fogartys plaintive vocal and songwriting. His latest album The Curious Hand, released on Domino Records and co-produced with Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts), has received rave reviews across the board with the Guardian awarding it 5/5 (a stunning, mercurial album ) while The Irish Times, The Observer, Q Magazine and Mojo all awarded it 4 stars. Since releasing his first album in 2012 on legendary Scottish label Fence Records (King Creosote, James Yorkston), Fogartys profile has risen steadily. His songs have featured extensively on both BBC Radio 3 and 6Music while earlier this year he performed a live session for Mark Radcliffe on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. On the live front, 2018 has seen Fogarty and his band perform in the Main hall of The Barbican, tour the UK with This Is The Kit and play headline shows at Kilkennys Rhythm & Roots Festival, Galway Arts Festival and Belfasts Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. In January he bought his band over to Holland for a series of shows at Eurosonic Festival while this summer hes played on the main stage at Green Man Festival, Haldern Pop in Germany, Larmer Tree Festival and Deershed. Closer to home, hes been named as one of the first artists to perform at the next instalment of the legendary Other Voices in Ireland in September. Having toured the UK on the release of The Curious Hand last October, hes excited to present a mix of new and old material on this Autumn Tour. The Guardian Constantly unwinds and uncoils, taking us on magical journeys through fable and modern life and back again, often in the same song ***** Mojo Magazine The Curious Hand is that rare thing in folk: original, self-contained and unencumbered by the genre **** The Irish Times The Curious Hand is a treasure trove of noises and stories from a man with plenty to say **** Herald Scotland An understated gem of an album
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