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Gar Cox

After his warmly received 2015 EP Support Your Local Bookshop, wandering troubadour Gar Cox has released his first full-band EP, Tombstone Heart. Produced with Gavin Glass (known for his work with Lisa Hannigan as well as his own solo career), Tombstone Heart features four rich, concise songs reflecting on the trials and triumphs of the human heart. Guest appearances on the EP include virtuoso guitar by Niall Thomas, and guest vocals from original Pogues member Cáit O'Riordan.

Recorded at Glass's own Orphan Studios in the summer of 2017, the EP runs the gamut from the upbeat title track to the reflective ballad 'We Lose People', and from the rollicking 'Other People Call Me Baby' (featuring O'Riordan) to the elegant, and timely, anti-Fascist torch song 'Teuton Square'. Each of the songs is tied together by Gar's soulful voice, literate song-writing and defiant spirit.

Gar (47) is an authentic latter day hobo. After leaving his Carlow home at 17, he travelled the globe as a musician, a stowaway and a helium balloon salesman - to name just a few of his vocations. Gar draws on a lifetime of adventures and misadventures, and his perspective as a song-writer is humorous but sincere, incisive but kind-hearted. Above all, his songs come from a love of people, the stories they tell and the lives they lead.

The artwork for the EP is by highly regarded Irish artist Niamh McCann (

Gar launched the Tombstone Heart EP with a sold-out show at Dublin's newest venue, the East Side Tavern, on October 18, 2017, with guests Alice Jago and Gavin Glass.

Press for the Support Your Local Bookshop EP:
"Beguiling […] four top-notch tunes" - Hot Press
"Brilliantly mixes humour, pathos and reflections of queer life" - GCN

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