BLUESTACK RECORDS PRESENTS:
PEARSE MCGLOUGHLIN & NOCTURNES
25TH APRIL 2019
Bluestack Records proudly presents Pearse McGloughlin & Nocturnes live at The Workman’s Club, 25th April 2019.
Pearse McGloughlin, the Sligo-born songwriter and frontman of Nocturnes, is known for blending warm ethereal influences and minimalistic production into emotionally powerful works. With his band, Dublin-based Nocturnes (a revolving ensemble featuring Enda Roche (percussion, bass) and Billy Donohue (keys) & Christoph Capewell (violin), Pearse has captivated audiences across Ireland, including live at Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, First Fortnight, Sligo Live and Other Voices.
With critically acclaimed albums (Busy Whisper (2009), In Movement (2012) Idiot Songs (2013) in collaboration with composer Justin Grounds and most recently The Soft Animal (2016), and drawing comparisons in style to Sufjan Stevens or Mercury Rev Pearse’s work often deals in literary and philosophical themes, reworking and invoking writers such as John Keats, Mary Oliver & Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Pearse’s music (including songs in both English and Irish) has featured in The Irish Times, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE 2FM, Lyric FM, RTE Radio1, Raidió na Gaeltachta, KCRW & many others and his latest single Ag Ól, Ag Ól ag an Garbhóg (taken from his forthcoming LP The Rest (2019)) sees the band on a new trajectory, exploring themes of friendship, place and memories of youth. Originally written by Pearse and long-time collaborator Enda Reilly, the song evokes ecological concerns ‘dath ór tine ar an uisce’ (‘the colour of fire on the water’) brings to mind the spate of wildfires we’re seeing with more and more frequency. Some of the melody was inspired by a walk around the side of Knocknarea near Strandhil in Co. Sligo and feeling there, that a place of natural beauty, reasonably unchanged, can connect you to the past.
“Subtle elements of the sublime” – Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times
“our favourite Irish record of the year – do yourself a favour and get it immediately” – RTÉ Culture
“A series of sonic gems (gifted with beats and beautifully spectral spoken-word inserts) that breathe life and art into electronic music: 4**** “ – The Irish Times
“flits between folk, ambient, orchestral and singer-songwriter styles, underscoring an inquisitiveness and search for something greater within” – Nialler9