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Popical Island is proud to announce the release of ‘Dictionary Crimes’, the brilliant new album by acclaimed songwriter Mumblin’ Deaf Ro.

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro is a Dublin-based songwriter who has released two albums to date. ‘Senor, My Friend . . .’ (2003) was called ‘a rare thing: a genuine cult classic’ (Irish Times) and ‘one of the lost classics of Irish indie pop (Mongrel). ‘The Herring and the Brine’ (2007) was voted one of the best Irish albums of the decade on Nialler9, AU and Cluas.

Ro has played live with a wide range of Irish and international artists including Lisa Hannigan, Andy Irvine, William E Whitmore, Diana Jones and Chatham County Line.

About Dictionary Crimes

‘Dictionary Crimes’ is Ro’s third album. The album tries to explain what it’s like to be part of a family. Unlike the previous two storytelling albums, ‘Dictionary Crimes’ is largely autobiographical.

The music centres around interlocking guitar parts with sensitive backing on bass and drums. The musicians who worked on the album are Donnchadh Hoey (Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Iarla Ó’Lionáird), Conor Rapple (Steerage, Alien Items) and Joss Moorkens (Dudley Corporation, Si Schroeder). The album was recorded by Jimmy Eadie(previous work with David Kitt, Jape, Crash Ensemble) and produced by contemporary composer Enda Bates. The album took Ro five years to write but was recorded more or less live in about four days.

Ro will launch Dictionary Crimes at Whelan’s on 14 September, with further shows at the Kevin Barry Room in the National Concert Hall on 6 October and the Unitarian Church on 13 October. Details of dates in Galway, Limerick and Cork to be announced soon.

More press for Mumblin’ Deaf Ro

“An idiosyncratic gem . . . cherish it” – Peter Crawley, The The Irish Times

“Each story is as compelling as the next, made vivid by the humorous and insightful lyrics and tender vocals of their creator.” – Harry Guerin,

“A bona fide cult hero” – Eoin Butler, Mongrel

“One of the finest Irish releases of the past 10 years to my mind” – Nialler9


€10 (w/ Free Album) available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).