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Seamus McLoughlin & Mark Geary - 22nd May 2009

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Seamus has been on our radar for a long time, but spending most of his time in Australia & America he rarely gets to play in the U.K. Luckily he is great friends with Mark Geary who played a sell-out show here a year ago, and the two of them are coming over specially for this show before heading back to Ireland for a few dates there.

He is a songwriter who, despite simple acoustic beginnings, is creating waves and building momentum like his songs, thanks to a unique voice, classic musical arrangements, poignant lyrics and great melodic hooks. He has been building a loyal following in America, with a US tour that took him and his band to Chicago and as far south as Kentucky. He also took part in the "Britbus Tour" of America. The tour took in several major cities right across the country, from LA to New York City. Seamus has also opened shows for the likes of The Alarm in America, in addition to the likes of Ocean Colour Scene, Reef, David Garza, Kasey Chambers, The Wonderstuff, Andrew Bird and David Mead. He was also asked to open on several dates for Dead Men Walking culminating in a capacity filled concert at Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

Of all the CD's we have had lying around when other artists have been playing, it is Mark Geary's that they have reached for - a true musician's musician, and one which has been played more times than any other - by popular request! He flew in for a sell out show last year, so don't miss this return visit, again a one off in the UK - fitted in between his shows in America and Ireland.

One reviewer wrote of his first first album 33 1/3 Grand Street, that...

" Road Trips were made for this CD. The lyrics are beautifully written, and the music is just brilliant. He made a name for himself in New York and is currently just blowing up in Ireland, where he is headlining and selling out places like its nobody's business. He's performed with artists such as Josh Ritter and Elvis Costello, which only furthers his songwriting credibility, and his live performances are even more energetic and impressive than the album itself. But the record has a vibe very similar to that of Paul Simon's Graceland, in terms of the mellowness, tempo and rythym. Gingerman is a great song to open up with, and Obi's Chair is super as well. It Beats Me and Suzanne are also favorites of mine, and I'll round out the top five with America. But songs like South and Volunteer are like guitar magic, whatever that means. Some of the songs are very reminiscent of Nick Drake and even a little Counting Crowish at times, maybe thats just me. But this is a great acoustic type album with great songs and songwriting, and one that only gets better with play. Keep listening to it, and you'll love it."

His second album 'Ghosts' was produced by the same team that worked on Josh Ritter's 'Hello Starling', and in fact features Josh on vocals. While the link to Ritter is obvious, his writing and delivery is closer to Ron Sexsmith and he has the same accessibility and immediacy that makes this material appealing to a wide range of people. 'Ghosts' is an accomplished collection - highly recommended.

His album 'Opium' was released on April 11th 2008