If the name Carol Keogh sounds familiar to you, then there’s good reason why it should. An ever-present figure in Irish music since the mid-90’s, Keogh first came to light as the vocalist with critically-acclaimed Dublin band The Plague Monkeys before going on to form The Tycho Brahe with guitarist Donal O’Mahony. Since that group disbanded in 2005, she has busied herself by contributing vocals to recordings by acts as diverse as Autamata, The Dudley Corporation, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, Sharon Shannon and, well, you get the idea. It’s fair to say that the words ‘lazy’ and ‘unmotivated’ have no place in her vocabulary. More recently, Keogh has collaborated with Dunk Murphy (aka Sunken Foal) under the Natural History Museum moniker to create a mighty fine style of ethereal, minimalistic electronica. Outside of this, she has also found space to focus on her own solo material for the first time.
Resolving to avoid fancy studio wizardry wherever possible, she has recruited a full backing band to play alongside her during recording sessions. The results are outstanding, full of delicately executed melodies and with Keogh’s unmistakable voice charged with warmth and emotion. She’s also been quite prolific. Not only is an EP nearing completion but work on her debut album – Mongrel City – is also at an advanced stage and is due for release later this year.