Seamus Fogarty grew up in Co Mayo in the west of Ireland and spent his early years writing songs about mountains that steal t-shirts, women who look like dinosaurs and various other unfortunate incidents. Now based in London, he released his debut album God Damn You Mountain on revered Scottish indie label Fence Records on 2012. Hailed by the Irish Times as ‘one of the best Irish albums of recent years’, it was critically acclaimed on its release, leading to a slot on the main stage of The Green Man festival in Wales and extensive UK tours with the likes of James Yorkston, Pictish Trail and Malcolm Middleton (Arab Strap) and a massive solo tour around Europe. Closer to home (Ireland), he has played with King Creosote & Jon Hopkins in Dublin’s Vicar Street, performed at The Electric Picnic, Castlepolooza and Kilkenny Arts festivals and recorded live sessions for Dave Fanning and RTE 1’s The Works.
Built upon a deeply personal foundation of soul-stirring alt-folk, country, blues and electronica, his music has also garnered much praise from the BBC where it has featured heavily across both Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music
. More recently his unique approach to storytelling and sound design found an unlikely home in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as part of a collaboration with experimental opera company Erratica on the installation opera ‘La Celestina’ ( in fact his role was to take a 70 page written score and turn it into a virtual feast for the ears, which he did over the course of 8 months) . Here’s a review from the Wall Street Journal for the disbelievers amongst you.
In September 2015 he released an EP of new material which once again was embraced by both critics and radio alike with Mojo Magazine awarding it 4 stars and Gideon Coe from BBC6 Music proclaiming the title track ‘Ducks & Drakes’ to be ‘one of the songs of the summer‘
Other recent highlights include his remix of the James Yorkston track Kath With Rhodes being released on Domino Records, getting a haircut, going on a short holiday and designing a nice t-shirt.
“The ghostly emotional wallop of the tunes will take your breath away”
The Irish Times ****
“Startlingly good debut album….a record that nestles beautifully at the point where the digital and analogue worlds collide”
The Skinny *****
” 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, ‘Lost 12 of 2012′)
‘Deep listening psychedelic folk, a peaty brew.’ The Quietus Magazine ‘Surreal, gently humorous songwriting’ Clash Magazine “Dreamy, mesmerising folk music with Americana feel from Irish singer-songwriter” The List Magazine
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Incidentally, this is where I grew up
And there was a time when this was my back garden
And now I live here