Tralee-bound with Adrian, Chequerboard and Hulk

May 5, 2010

We’re  off to Tralee this coming Friday, 7th May with Fresh Air coming from Adrian Crowley, Hulk and Chequerboard.  Performing live in St. John’s Church on Ashe Street in Tralee we’re there in partnership with Club Head Bang Bang and live visuals, as always, will come from Donal.

I’m extra excited ’cause I finally get to meet Keith and the brilliant Club Head Bang Bang crew, who I’ve worked with on gigs before but never actually managed to meet.  They are such a deadly bunch. Nothing is too much trouble and they create such special gigs.  They’ve found a working church for us to play in too, which is pretty damn special.  Given that Donal is a Kerry man it should be a pretty special night for him too. So do come on down and join all the specialness.

Winner of the 2009 Choice Album of the Year for his most recent release: Season of the Sparks, Adrian Crowley is an Irish singer-songwriter/folk artist, originally from Barna, County Galway, but now living in Dublin.

Crowley released his first album, A Strange Kind, in 1999 which was followed by When You Are Here You are Family (2001), A Northern Country (2004). His Choice nominated fourth album Long Distance Swimmer was a breakthrough album of sorts, acknowledging his evident musicianship for a wider audience.
His Choice winning Season of the Sparks is surely one of the irish albums of the decade, not least just of 2009.

“On his fourth album, this great Irish songwriter continues to creep under the skin and behind your defences, his hushed songs, spare lyrics and diffident baritone detonating with real impact, for all that they arrive by stealth and without the slightest suggestion of an imminent explosion. Crowley deploys restraint as a deadly weapon, the self-recriminating Leaving the Party merely a repeated guitar figure and mumbled, mournful singing, which gives the eventual entry of added instrumentation, rhythm and ghostly backing vocals incredible force. The sawing and swooping strings on Walk on Part (“Of all the bedrooms in this town, you walked into mine”) create a similar frisson. This is a wonderful album.” **** THE SUNDAY TIMES

Chequerboard is Irish musician & artist John Lambert, whose debut album ‘Gothica’ was released in 2002 and was followed up in 2005 with the 6 track mini-album ‘Dictaphone Showreels’ on dublin label Lazybird. A set of stark haunting guitar pieces set to a backdrop of field recordings and incidental sounds. Something of a diamond in the rough, it gradually found a dedicated, discerning and passionate audience. The opening track ‘Konichiwa’ subsequently found its way onto two separate Irish electronica compilations including R na G’s Cian O Ciabhain’s acclaimed ‘An Taobh Tuathail Vol. 1 compilation’.

The Chequerboard live show is simply Lambert, his guitar and a series of guitar pedals building lush, textured, soundscapes that paint an evocative world of their own. In 2007, Lambert received a music fellowship from the Model Arts & Niland Gallery in Sligo where he spent the year working on Penny Black, a stunning album which brings the listener through a series of textured and meticulously crafted guitar-led passages. Penny Black was released in March 2008 to glowing reviews.

‘A priceless rarity and something to treasure’ (*****5 stars) The Irish Times

‘As delicate, detailed and purposeful as a Japanese garden.’Sunday Tribune

‘A defiant, deliberate and complete collection of beautiful songs. Lambert has produced a work of real importance. ‘Totally Dublin

Thomas Haugh records under the name Hulk. He has produced two albums for OSAKA records (Silver thread of ghosts – 2005 and Rise of a Mystery Tide – 2008) as well as producing materials for labels such as Melodic, Static Caravan and Expanding Records. He has also remixed works by other artists, most notably Efterklang.

“Gorgeous atmospherics and melodic sounds” – Smallfish

“Silver Thread Of Ghosts is a remarkable piece of work” – Angry Ape

“…gently contemplative and quietly moving music-making” – The WIRE

“Highly Impressive” – The Ticket / Irish Times


Listen back to Donal’s Fresh Air interviews with Chequerboard and Adrian Crowley and Hulk:

Tickets €10 are available from
Lee Records, Castle Street, Tralee
(066) 7127589
leerecords1@eircom.net | http://www.leerecords.com

DOORS: 8pm, Gig starts 8.30pm




  1. hi donal
    what a fantastic line up and such wonderful images of the singers (sigh)
    well done my lovely friend …well well done ♥

  2. […] a comment » Shot in Tralee, County Kerry as part of Donal Dineen’s Fresh Air Tour, this beautiful piece of music is the work of Hulk, known also as Thomas Haugh. Accompanied by […]

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