MOLLY O’MAHONY & BAND
Sun 28th May 2023
Molly O’Mahony returns to Dublin with her full-band, to play songs from her 2022, Hotpress-nominated debut album ‘The House Of David’.
“Stunning, impressive and evocative…” Alexandra Anderson, Hotpress
“A multi-hyphenate artist…her debut album ably showcases this with a collection of songs that,… document years of a life fully lived, loved, lost and then, gradually, reclaimed..” Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times
“Mingling romantic vignettes with loving dedications to platonic friendships, sibling adoration and familial loyalty, her undeniably rich, soothing voice tells each story with passion, delicacy and care.” Kate Brayden, Hotpress
Molly’s power lies in her ability to feel deeply and to convey that feeling through her words and her voice. Her main mark on the music of Mongoose (whom she played with for a decade), both in writing and performance, was the raw emotion at its core.
She returned to her home place of West Cork at the beginning of the pandemic after a decade of living in Dublin, with a back pocket full of personal songs, a broken heart and time on her hands.
The House Of David’ is the product of her two years under lockdown, during which time she wrote, honed and recorded the songs which tell the turbulent story of her 20s; a journey through living, loving, failing and creating in the city that made her the artist she is.
Sound-boarded against the musical ears of her siblings Matilda & Fiachra, and utilising their complimentary voices to sit alongside hers, the arrangements were carved out with vocals and acoustic guitar at the fore
The rest of the textures came when it came to recording the album properly in the summer of 2021, with producer Alex Borwick at the helm. The tracks were recorded in a concentrated haze of musical alchemy at Black Mountain Studios, Dundalk, over the course of just a week.
Finally, after a big crowd-funding effort and a timely bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, the album was made manifest.
She released four singles from the record in the year leading up to release – Remember To Be Brave, Brother Blue, Her Song and Bittersweet- samplings which reflect the broad span of influences in her songwriting, her verbal virtuosity and her ability to convey pure feeling.
She recorded another album track, ‘Tomorrow’s Lunch’, with the RTE Concert Orchestra in June of 2022 for RTE Radio 1’s ‘Sounds of The Summer’ series.
Her highly-anticipated album, ‘The House Of David’, was finally released in its entirety, on November 10th, 2022, to critical acclaim.
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