Entry Requirements: All Ages
We are delighted to announce that Seamus Fogarty will be coming to Ramsgate on November 4th. His second LP 'The Curious Hand' was released last year on Domino Records and received widespread critical acclaim:
"Seamus Fogarty has joined the big league with Domino Records. This stunning, mercurial album shows us why. Held together by Fogarty’s lovely unadorned voice, it constantly unwinds and uncoils, taking us on magical journeys through fable and modern life and back again, often in the same song". - The Guardian // 5 star review
“You know when a song is good enough to let go,” muses Seamus Fogarty of his patient and meticulous approach to songcraft. Over time and tide it’s given rise to the London-based Irish alt-folk and electronica alchemist’s truly magnificent second album and Domino debut 'The Curious Hand'. A record not born of grand ideas realised at a stroke, but eked out slowly and steadily, honed and cultivated, turned over and around, deconstructed and put back together again. That, and Seamus’s natural inclination to take his songs and “screw them up,” as he puts it. By which he means squirreling them back to his home studio and applying the synthesiser drones and circuit burps, found sounds and spoken-word audio samples that give all of his records such wonderful atmosphere.
Seamus’s brother John Fogarty even made a dedicated trip over from Ireland to our very own town of Ramsgate for a day in the studio, to throw some accordion and backing vocals on a few songs!
'The Curious Hand' elevates Seamus Fogarty into a whole new bracket of artists doing fascinatingly skewed and modern and heartfelt things with roots-influenced and electronic music. He’s an evocative and thoughtful lyricist and melodicist and inquisitive sonic explorer for fans of all from Alasdair Roberts, Bill Callahan, James Yorkston and Will Oldham to Jon Hopkins and Kieran Hebden.
"It’s sad, it’s lovely, and it evokes a world I’ll probably never live in, but one that feels familiar all the same” - Drowned in Sound
“The ghostly emotional wallop of the tunes will take your breath away” - The Irish Times
"Modern folk songs shot through with great melancholy and humour, and embroidered with bursts of electronica and instrumentation" - Q Magazine