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Niall Connolly - 'All We Have Become'
Cork-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly
brings the urgency to folk and the finely-crafted story
to indie rock. Born in 1977, alongside the birth of punk,
his work bears evidence of the roots and influences that
made him a songwriter: early years listening to Nirvana
on the Walkman, Leonard Cohen on his sister's stereo,
and the steady stream of bands and songwriters emerging
from the 1990's Cork music scene. He blends a riveting
sound with layered, literate lyrics that generously reward
After garnering acclaim in his hometown, Niall moved
to Brooklyn in 2006. There he began the Big City Folk
Collective, gathering together a community of songwriters
and musicians and giving space for a generation of writers
to hone their craft. Since that time his sound has accumulated
influences from his peers in his adopted homeland, juxtaposing
sparse, finger-picked moments with the gigantic sonic
swells of the band at full flight. All the while his
lyrics retain their reverence for the poetic, the literary,
and all that is emotionally honest.
In his latest album, All We Have Become, Connolly
traverses the landscape of his travels. Sublime trumpet
lines and atmospheric guitar riffs lay alongside surging
beats and harmonies. Each lyric creates a cosmos in
miniature, memoirs from his youth to the imagined lives
of others, nostalgia for young wonder and the struggle
for the survival of the human heart.
Niall has had the great pleasure of playing festivals,
embassies, theaters and dive bars all over the world
including Glastonbury, the Prague Fringe Festival, and
CMJ. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with
the luminaries in his band and in the Big City Folk
music scene, as well as MisterWives, Lambchop, Evan
Dando, Mick Flannery, and John Spillane, to name a few.
He has also collaborated with such poets as Neil McCarthy,
Stephen Murray, and Billy Ramsell in various Voice and
What people who know better have to say:
"Niall Connolly rocks. His brand of Storm The
Castle music blows me away every time."
- Ken Rockwood, Rockwood Music Hall, NYC
"Disarming and beautifully crafted folk-pop. Connolly
is a witty storyteller and a not-to-be-missed songsmith."
- Chicago Tribune