Cormac O Caoimh
Cork, County Cork
"Acoustic Gems from the Cork singer-songwriter. Each song superglues to the memory " **** Mojo
Cormac O Caoimh is due to release his 4th solo album “Shiny Silvery Things” April 28th 2017. It will be preceded by the first single , track 1, “SECOND HAND CLOTHES” due out March 3rd. His intimate vocals and exquisite guitar playing attracts the attention of musicians and music lovers alike Following on from its predecessor “The Moon Loses Its Memory” which received great reviews in Mojo Magazine (the biggest selling music mag in the world - no less) and countless more and support from radio and tv stations in Ireland and UK, Cormac spent much of 2015 and 2016 writing and recording the latest in a growing collection of critically acclaimed and varied songs.
The debut “Start A Spark”, released in 2007, mixed “ pop sensibility with finely tuned song writing wrapping it all up in his soft melodic confidence and sharp lyrical commentary” (Hot Press) and contained“an assortment of delicious summer-kissed pop songs with instantly catchy, agreeable melodies infused with Cormac’s poetic sensibility”. And although many reviewers marked the album and Cormac himself to be “the next big export from Ireland” it didn’t happen. So what did he do next…he wrote and recorded what he assumed was a way less commercial sounding album, that would be even be more less likely to succeed, just because he wanted to.
“A New Season For Love” was released April 27th 2012 (nearly 5 years to the day before the release of Shiny Silvery Things). A collection of 12 slow, quiet, calm fingerpicking songs..that were not really made for radio or reviewers or anyone at all (or so he thought). Surprisingly (for Cormac) “A New Season For Love” was a huge success. Reviewers and critics were unanimous (and very creative) in their descriptions. “A honeyed whiskey drink, A fine cognac on a cold winter’s eve, a warm woolly jumper in muted earthy colours,.. a rich mahogany warm and beautiful and a water color painting” were some of the lovely and many descriptive phrases uses in fantastic reviews for the album. Cormac’s live gigs (at the time) matched the quietness of the album and the entire set was made up of quiet fingerpicking songs. After a year or two of gigs and festivals and only writing and playing quiet songs Cormac went back into writing mode and continuing with his impressive fingerstyle playing but started writing faster and (more difficult) songs with strange time signatures and changes exploring darker moods and melodies that ended up being on the next cd.
“The Moon Loses Its Memory” was released July 2014 and received excellent reviews in MOJO MAGAZINE, The Sunday Times, The Daily Star, Hot Press, The Ticket and many many more. He did live sessions and interviews on RTE Radio 1, NEwstalk, KCLR, RTE and TG4 television to name but a few and all 14 songs of the cd received airplay on national stations in the UK and Ireland and across Europe.. And on the success of this new cd (and growing appreciation for his unique guitar style) he also received endorsement deals with Godin Guitars, Schertler acoustic amps and Logjam stompers.
Mojo described the songs as “Acoustic gems” in “an enveloping setting” where each one “superglues to the memory”. “Effortlessly charming”, “a tour de force”, “a versatile masterpiece”, “intriguingly beautiful” were just some of many other great reviews the cd received. The Daily Star were the first of many to label him a class “indie folky poppy jazz” act. The Sunday Times and Hot Press continued with their praise and a career long comparison to Prefab Sprout, Lloyd Cole and Elvis Costello. But this time it wasn’t just the critics appreciating the music. The music spread further to audiences in Ireland, UK and the rest of the world. Cd sales and radio support were bigger than ever and audiences at the gigs grew culminating in a magic gig in Triskel Christchurch in 2015 (Cormac’s biggest headline gig to date). By this time Cormac was playing gigs with Martin Leahy (drums and bass) and the set (he has a lot to choose from) changes and varies each night depending on mood or audience dipping in and out of songs from all albums (or older songs not on any, or newer songs not yet recorded). This new setlist mixing fast songs and slow songs, strummed songs and fingerstyle songs, fictional songs and personal songs influenced the sound and feel of the new album “Shiny Silvery Things”.
“Shiny Silvery Things” is due for release April 28th 2017. Unlike his previous 3 albums this one is not a concept album. Or maybe that is the concept. This is an old school album. A collection of fine songs. Some fast, some slow, some personal, some fictional but sewn together sonically and lyrically by Cormac’s unique songwriting and guitar playing. Mixing the fast and slow took awhile to master. But after numerous gigs playing with Martin they managed to blend all types of songs together naturally. Of the new songs on this album ‘Proud’and ‘Big Mirror’ could easily have been on the indie pop “Start A Spark” album. Versions of ‘Born’ and ‘Tea in my Teacup’ would not have been out of place on the quiet landscape of “A New Season For Love”. ‘Second hand clothes’ and ‘Silence & Sound’ and the dark moods of ‘A Parked Car’ could easily be part of the “Moon Loses Its Memory” palette. And ‘In The Hollow Of An Old Oak’ is Cormac’s attempt to break free from the “Indie Poppy Jazzy Folk” label and explore new territory in the form of “Indie Poppy Jazzy Folk Blues” (which he strangely believes is going to be really popular in 2017). Lyrically the album explores a variety of influences too. Many are personal songs (like all of 2007’s Start A Spark), while others are influenced by books (like most of 2012’s A New Season for Love) and others are based on fictional characters and stories and scenarios in Cormac’s head (Like 2014’s The Moon Loses Its Memory). But all the songs are uniquely Cormac O Caoimh songs that have the strange knack off hitting home and appearing personal and relevant to the listener. Cormac will be playing the following gigs as part of the Shiny Silvery Things Tour:
May 6/7th: Acoustic Yard Festival, Westport
May 8th: Mick Murphys, Ballymore Eustace €12 May 13th: Triskel Christchurch, Cork €12 (With MARTIN LEAHY)
May 19th: DC Music Club, Dublin €12
"Acoustic Gems from the Cork singer-songwriter. Each song superglues to the memory " **** Mojo Magazine
"a tour de force" - Americana UK
"An effortlessly charming album" - Songwriter Magazine
"O Caoimh has achieved something here that most songwriters aspire to" – Instrumentali
"This is one album you should not ignore" – Folkword
"a real tour de force...a warm folksy masterpiece..an excellent piece of work..9/10 stars" – whisperinandhollerin
"What is conceived here is a mark of triumph" - U&I Magazine
"if there’s any justice in this mad musical world, those who have not heard of this man will be in the minority very soon" - Golden Plec