Dublin, County Dublin
James Cramer is an artist with numerous strings to his bow, primarily as the lead singer and songwriter for Irish alt-folk band “Tupelo”. The band have released two albums, “Dirty Money” and “Push On”, to critical acclaim, played many shows and festivals around Europe and the US and enthralled audiences with their live performances.
James is also a solo artist of note with one mini concept album under his belt, “The Lights of Lisnaskay”. The release of his first solo project came about from a love of poetry and a random book selection at a local library. Combining the poems of Fermanagh World War 2 veteran, Matt Duggan, with his own lyrics and musical arrangements, James created a contemporary album to bring Matt’s poetry to a wider audience. Another recent solo project brought James together with well-known Irish singer songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. They wrote, recorded and released the Christmas single ‘Snowflakes Fall’, gaining extensive airplay throughout Ireland with what is sure to be a seasonal standard.
James’ talents also extend to songwriting. A prolific writer, who has written all of Tupelo’s songs, he has also written for and co-written with other singers and songwriters including Luan Parle, Hermitage Green, Darren Holden, Derek Ryan, Grainne Hunt and Eleanor McEvoy.
James’ solo career continues in a new musical direction from his other projects with the release of the single ‘My World Again’ on 1st April 2016. Accompanied by a powerful video directed by award winning director/actor Patrick Murphy, the single is a stunning piano driven epic ballad. Recorded in Cauldron Studios, Dublin and mixed and mastered in Metropolis Studios, London by Alex Robinson and Tony Cousins. ‘My World Again’ was used in Season two of one of the biggest TV shows in Canada called ‘Hello Goodbye’. James played at the renowned Ruby Sessions as his first solo live performance.
James second single ‘Broken’ was released in September 2016 at the same time as James travelled to Kansas City, USA to play his biggest solo show to date at the Kansas City Irish Festival. The two shows over the Labour Day weekend went down a storm and on the back of this James was invited to play at the Chicago Irish Fest in July 2017.
James continued to work on his forthcoming solo album as well as his band Tupelo’s new album in Cauldron Studios during 2016 and 2017. March 2017 saw his first solo show in Dublin’s Whelans and In April 2017, James released ‘Back To Bohemia’, another taster of his diversity and songwriting craft.
Watch out for his epic new song and video coming soon!
Reviews of 'The Lights of Lisnaskay'
‘Cramer has created a warm, rich folk-roots record where the only disappointment is that it's too short. He's made the world a little bit better by sharing his love of this unknown treasure.’
RTE ten – Harry Guerin
‘It is a testament to Cramer’s talent, the way in which he can take someone’s already beautiful work and make it more entrancing.’ – Musicandeverything.com music blog