"THE GHOSTLY emotional wallop" of the music of Seamus Fogarty "will take your breath away", according to The Irish Times; The Quietus called it "psychedelic folk, a peaty brew", while The List declared it "dreamy, mesmerising folk music with Americana feel".
Galway will have a chance to hear for itself when Seamus Fogarty plays the Róisín Dubh on Wednesday July 18 at 8.30pm as part of the Galway International Arts Festival.
Fogarty's music combines thoughtful lyrics with folk and roots–influenced electronica, his songs layered with beats, loops, hisses, found sounds, and snatches of conversation. While no stranger to critical acclaim since he first emerged at the start of this decade, the London based Mayoman's most recent album, The Curious Hand, released last year on Domino, has raised his profile further.
The 11-tracks, which include songs about the remains of an Irishman in a British museum ('Short Ballad For A Long Man' ), a wild night out ('Carlow Town' ), the tragic loss of a close friend ('Van Gogh’s Ear' ), was awarded four stars in The Guardian, praised as "a treasure trove of noises and stories from a man with plenty to say" by The Irish Times, and called "a rich, fascinating, and perplexing album" by Clashmusic.com The hype then, appears to be well justified.