by / September 30th, 2009 /

Mundy – The Button Factory, Dublin

‘From the first time I saw Mundy 15 years ago, I knew he was very special, soaring melodies that can spirit you away, vivid lyrics that are sometimes dreamlike, sometimes matter of fact, story painting with stunning imagery and amazing gigs that has us eatin’ the songs straight from his palm, he’ s a gift’ – Damien Dempsey

‘Mundy come’s from a very long historical line of great Irish performers, singers and song writers, its a list of awesome musical royalty he sits amongst and he rightly and gently wears his crown equally with them all.’ – Richard Hawley

‘This career best set is indebted to the likes of Springsteen and delivered with the assuredness of someone with nothing left to prove.’ – The Star ****

‘There are songs that come easily to you and you can’t even explain how they come about. Others are more difficult. You’ve got to listen to your gut and let it out there and see what happens. You just need to be brave.’ – Mundy, March 2009

If you thought this boy from Birr, Co Offaly was just about big, bug-eyed pop songs such as July, Mexico, or indeed, the most downloaded song of 2007 & 2008 Galway Girl (and it’s worth repeating that he didn’t write it – Steve Earle did!) then his latest collection boasts fourteen great songs to make you throw all your preconceptions out the window. Mundy will be performing @ The Button Factory this November 14th. Tickets are €25 on sale next Thursday Sept. 10th @ 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.

This is Strawberry Blood, Mundy’s fourth studio album and most accomplished to date. Recorded in Grouse Lodge, Co Westmeath and the Cauldron, Dublin by Joe Chester, Strawberry Blood features an intriguing cast of contributors including Shane McGowan (Love is Casino), Gemma Hayes (Fever) and Interference man Fergus O’Farrell (Pepper in My Dreams).

Strawberry Blood is the long-awaited follow up to the Number One album Raining Down Arrows (2004). The subsequent tour was documented on Live & Confusion, a stopgap live album and DVD that impressively notched up double platinum sales and delayed Mundy’s return to the studio due to the unexpected success of the live versions of -July’ and -Galway Girl’.

A chance run-in with Joe Chester at an airport led to a long discussion about recording and mutual favourite music and then to some casual recordings. ‘Joe’s work was so good,’ Mundy remembers. ‘We tried out a few demos but they sounded like keepers. There was no need to hire a big name name producer.’

The result is a beautiful and uplfiting album that’s a true tonic for the times. ‘With what’s going on with the country and the world, it’s very easy to be negative and it’s very easy to write negative songs,’ Mundy muses. ‘It’s more challenging to be positive. This album is thought provoking and reflective but fun and upbeat. It’s about taking on a challenge’¦and God loves a trier.’

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Mundy Live @ The Button Factory this November 14th. Tickets are €25 on sale next Thursday Sept. 10th @ 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.