Review: Bobby Green
Do you want to know a secret?
One of Irelands biggest secrets has just landed on my desk for a review. The golden voice of the Cork native Paul Tiernan is just about to release his 7th album and is touring around Ireland to promote it.
When the album arrived, I thought I’d stick it on, continue with what I was doing and write up a review at the weekend when I have a bit more time. But 4 plays later and work is put on hold until the weekend so I can enjoy this glorious spring weather while drifting away to places only the classics could bring me before. Paul Tiernan’s direction on this album is away from the lovelorn and into the vaudeville resulting in a transformation Kevin McCloud would be proud of.
Paul describes the new direction he has taken “I wanted to take a new path away from the acoustic guitar, singer-songwriter world I have inhabited and find somewhere more fantastical, less confessional. I could record intimate, dreamy albums forever but to stray from the easy path and enter new terrain is an exciting, fantastic challenge.
The album features input from Maurice ‘Seezer’ Roycroft and Wayne Sheehy, musicians that Paul started his musical career with. A host of other players from Brittany, San Francisco and Northern Ireland, Bordeaux, west Cork, London and Dublin also contributed creatively. Paul describes the valuable input of working with so many talents “This mixture of musicians took me out of my shell and pushed me towards a different way of playing and recording the song”.
This album reminds me of James Taylor / Gomez / Paul Young / Nick Drake. Great voices singing great songs, the simplicity of this formula delivered so beautifully has resulted in Paul Tiernan creating an album that is truly a gift to anyone who buys it. It immediately takes over your consciousness and brings you gently by the hand and wraps you in its warm embrace. This album will hold you close and sway with you while you drift away from your own reality and end up somewhere mysterious but profoundly welcoming.
The album is out April 15th and can be bought on his upcoming tour and also at www.paultiernan.com
Thursday, April 16th: Couglans Live, 7 Douglas Street, Cork City
Doors 8.30 pm Tickets 10 euro Bookings: 021 496 1751 coughlans.ie
Friday, Apri 17th: Tea Room Sessions, Carrick on Suir
Doors: 8pm Tickets 15 euro at door brewerylanetheatre.com
Thursday, April 23rd De Barras, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Doors 8.30 pm Tickets 10 euros Bookings: 023 8833381 debarra.ie
Friday, 24th April : The Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
Doors 7.30 pm Tickets 12 euros Booking: 021 4813790 siriusartscentre.ie
Sunday, 26th April: Grove House, Schull, West Cork
Doors 7.30pm Tickets 15 euro Booking: 028 28067 groveshouseschull.com
Thursday, 30th April: The Odessa Club, 14 Dame St, Dublin 2
Doors 8.30pm Ticket price: 10 euros Booking: 01 6703080 odessa.ie