U:Mack Presents: Cian Nugent – Album Launch

Date: 25 May 2023
Time: 8PM (The Cellar)
Ticket Price: €15 BUY TICKET

U:Mack Presents: Cian Nugent – Album Launch.


Cian Nugent is celebrating the release of his fist album in seven year ” She Brings Me Back To The Land Of The Living” (No Quarter Records) with a special performance in The Workman’s Cellar on Thursday May 25th.


Meaning can come from surprising places. In 2019, while rehabilitating from a stroke

and experiencing aphasia (difficulty with speech and in her case a complete inability

to speak), my mother began saying: “she brings me back to the land of the living”

seemingly out of nowhere and with little knowledge of its origin or meaning. The

phrase seemed fortuitous and mysteriously meaningful. It stuck with me, while I was

working on the songs that became this album and it gained further meaning when in

2020 I moved back to my family home in the Dublin suburbs to become a carer for

my mother. This lifestyle change and the new role provided me with purpose and it

also helped conceptually form this album. And in a sense provided a return for me to

the land of the living. The songs here act as a way of processing change and

accepting new futures. The album cover is a painting made by my mother Kathy

Nugent in 2019 while in the hospital. It served as inspiration and guidance during the

album’s production.


Seven years since Cian Nugent’s previous album Night Fiction (Woodsist, 2016)

Nugent’s first album as a singer, She Brings Me Back To The Land Of The Living is

a bringing together of all of the styles he has previously explored – from his entry

onto the avant-garde guitar scene with Doubles (2011, VHF) to the epic and

psychedelic Born With The Caul (2013, No Quarter). Extensive solo tours across

North America and Europe along with tours as a sideman with Steve Gunn, Ryley

Walker and Nap Eyes served to provide Nugent with a greater understanding of his

musicianship and gained a clarity of purpose. As well as a change in life direction

following becoming a carer for his mother. The songs here on this album reflect a

maturity and acceptance of self as a musician and person.


Centered around Nugent’s songs, which were written and recorded with a 1963

Guild F30 acoustic guitar gifted from Glenn Jones, the arrangements on the new

record are extended out from this core into a sound that is timeless and expansive.

Recorded with a stellar cast of musicians: drummer Sean Carpio (who co-produced

the album with Nugent), bass player Garvan Gallagher (Nugent’s childhood music

teacher), longtime collaborator viola player Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, pedal steel

player Dan Lead and pianist Greg Felton, the songs are mostly first takes and there’s

a looseness and playful quality to the sessions that was important in maintaining a

sense of joy in the songs. The album was masterfully mixed and tied together by

Cooper Crain (Bitchin Bajas, Cave) in Stereolab’s Press Play studios in London

giving the album a richness and high fi quality that allows the music to breathe. We

invite you over the course of the 44 minutes of this album pass the time away and

return to your own land of the living.



Ticket Information:


General Admission: €15.00(Incl. Booking Fee)