Bead EP featuring Boz Boorer on Bandcamp

The new Bead EP Country Mountain featuring Boz Boorer is now available to download in 24bit technicolour sound from our pals in Bandcamp. Get on over there and have yourself a listen. It features five fabulous tunes including Just Like The Beatles, No One Ever Told Me, Black Irish Dogs, The Highway, and Country Mountain. All songs feature Morrissey guitarist extraordinaire Boz Boorer. Cheers.. Bead

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EP added to playlist IMS

Excited to hear this week that my songs ‘Black Irish Dogs’, ‘The Highway’ and ‘Country Mountain’ from my new EP will be playlisted on KCLR 96FM Irish Music Show on Nov 7th.

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New Music Release

The new EP Country Mountain is out today on iTunes.

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Recorded in Portugal with Boz Boorer and mastered for iTunes by Tim Young @Metropolisstudios, London. #acousticmusic #indiefolk #itunes #newmusic Cover photo by Wil Stewart from unsplash.

New Bead EP featuring Boz Boorer

Yes, the recording which got off to a bit of a ‘rocky’ start last year is now complete and will be released in the coming weeks. So keep an ear out on my soundcloud and Instagram for updates.

It was an amazing experience and I am over the moon with the results which was achieved over two brief sessions (June and August 2017). I cannot wait for people to hear it.

Between session #1 (1-3 June 2017) and session #2 (24-27 Aug 2017), we finished 8 songs in total. Five of these songs will be released as an EP shortly.

As for the sessions, while I returned to Dublin in June, the producer roped in drummer Dave Ruffy who is best known for having toured and recorded with such artists as Kirsty MacColl, The Waterboys, Sinead O’ Connor and his own band The Ruts. I cannot thank Dave enough for playing on my songs.

Needless to say, the Drums changed everything and was the pivotal turning point in the way the sessions ended up sounding. Initially, my idea was to record an acoustic record as all of the songs were written on an acoustic guitar to begin with but sometimes you just gotta go where the song takes you. I have ended up with an acoustic guitar based sound but with much more than just one guy and a guitar. In short, this sounds like the record I have always wanted to make with Mandolin, Bass, Drums and Keyboards included.

Before we commenced the second session in August, the producer (Boz Boorer) collected me at FARO airport in his silver hatchback and we stopped off at a cafe on the way to the studio. As all good producers will do, he asked me if there was anything else I wanted to do on the recordings and I said I thought it was almost finished apart from a few vocal overdubs but I did get an idea that one of the songs should have a fiddle playing over it. That song started out with working title of ‘folksong’ but became known as ‘Black Irish Dogs’.

As luck would have it, Boz said he knew a local guy who could play fiddle, apparently known as ‘the bearded angel’ for his life saving skills. He sounded ideal and I gave a thumbs up to send out a search party for the infamous fiddle player. By the time I returned from the cash desk, ‘the bearded angel’ had been located and booked in for the next session. Little did we know it at the time but this would be one of many small but significant ideas in achieving the sound produced.

Although the sessions were great fun and an experience I will never forget, they were not without their problems which lead to delays. Without going into details, a number of challenging events took place throughout the sessions which added unexpected pressure to those involved. My thanks to Boz for sticking with it and for putting so much of his craft and energy into these recordings. You can really hear it in the songs.

Track listing:

1. Just Like The Beatles (Dwyer/Murphy)

2. No One Ever Told Me (Dwyer)

3. The Highway (Dwyer)

4. Black Irish Dogs (Dwyer)

5. Country Mountain (Dwyer)

Produced by Boz Boorer
Mixed by Bead

Recorded at Serra Vista, Monchique, Portugal and Dublin.
Mastered by Tim Young @ Metropolis Studios, London

Bead – Voice, Guitars, Keys, Loops
Boz – Guitars, Bass, Keys, Mandolin, Backing vocals, Percussion, Loops

Special guests:
Dave Ruffy – The Drums
Stuart Wilcock – The Fiddle on ‘Country Mountain’ & ‘Black Irish Dogs’
Clare Murphy – Backing vocals on ‘Just Like The Beatles’


Serra Vista Studio

Morrissey Dublin 20-02-2018

Thirteen thousand gathered on an otherwise average Tuesday night in Dublin to see one man and his incredible band triumphantly take to the stage at the 3Arena. 

Greeted by an enthusiastic Moz, we were treated to a superb setlist that did not disappoint including The Smiths ‘I started something I couldn’t finish’, ‘How soon is now’ and old Moz faves ‘Irish blood, English heart’, ‘Jack the ripper’, ‘Suedehead’, ‘Everyday is like Sunday’, ‘Speedway’, ‘Hold onto your friends’. 

From Swords, we were dealt a pounding ‘If you don’t like me, don’t look at me’ and for the anniversary ‘Munich Air Disaster 1958’ accompanied by bleak black and white footage of the crash which lost 23 lives. . ‘World Peace’ from the last album wobbled along as did ‘Bullfighter’. The new album Low in high school was well represented with a great rendition of ‘Home is a question mark’, ‘When you open your legs’, a raucous ‘Jacky’s only happy when she’s up on stage’, ‘I bury the living’, ‘I wish you lonely’, a crowd pleasing ‘Spent the day in bed’, ‘Who will protect us from the police’. Covers included a heart stopping version of The Pretenders ‘Back on the chain gang’, and a few bars of Gilbert O’ Sullivan’s ‘Alone again, naturally’. A very above average Tuesday night after all. Hats off to the band. Looking forward to the Ally Pally gig in March.