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Peter Delaney is a Limerick born songwriter who draws inspiration from traditional songs and old folk music as well as the lilting melancholy of vintage Hawaiian recordings. In 2007 Peter self-released his debut mini album ‘Duck Egg Blue’, which has received regular airplay in Ireland, England, Holland and Australia and will be re-released through Deadslackstring Records in June 2011. He released a limited live CD through Apolloaan Recordings in 2010 and is currently recording a new full length album to be released later this year.
In November 2008 Peter joined Oscar winners The Swell Season as support act on the Irish leg of their European tour and was invited by Donal Dineen to play the main Body & Soul stage at Electric Picnic the same year. In 2009 he played the VPRO Dwars festival and radio session in Amsterdam with other radio sessions including Donal Dineens Midsummer Sundays on Today fm and Blue Of The Night on Lyric fm.
Peter has toured extensively throughout Ireland, England and Norway and has played alongside many popular folk musicians including A Hawk and a Hacksaw (USA), Phosphorescent (USA), Alasdair Roberts (Scotland), Alela Diane (USA), Mariee Sioux (USA), Steffen Basho-Junghans (Germany), Jozef van Wissem (Netherlands), Sharon Krauss (UK), Thinguma*jigSaw (Norway), C Joynes (UK), Cian Nugent (Ireland).
One of the finest song-writers and folk-icons in the world today – and don’t you doubt it! Peter has visited here twice before, and those who experienced him then are still in the grips of his magical, heartfelt art! – SOUND OF MU (Norway)
Delaney’s songs tell moody stories in a delicate Irish voice. He is a singer/songwriter, but he has broken out of the mold and avoids the cliches that come with that territory. Many of the songs on “Duck Blue Egg” seem like a cross between Irish and Hawaiian music – but they are also so much more. The recording sounds like Delaney is right there in the room with you, telling you about some heartfelt event that happened only a few days earlier. He is like a sailor who has returned from a voyage – his tales are soaked with the smells and sounds of the ocean and of something lost. – F. A. FINCHLEY, cultofaraluen.com
PRAISE FOR ‘DUCK EGG BLUE’
Limerick-based Peter Delaney sells himself a little short – lights under a bushel, etc – on his MySpace site, where he mentions that he “sounds like someone playing a ukulele”. His self-released ‘Duck Egg Blue’ CD-EP certainly digs a deeper groove than that. You’ll find a rather disarming collection of singer/songwriterisms where sparse instrumentation goes hand in hand with Peter’s introspective and poetic vision. For me the subtle shades of ‘If You Become Impossible’ and ‘The Healing House’ stand out from the pack as this fan of Blind Willie McTell and Alan Lomax is augmented by the rich, nut-brown thrum of Robert Casey on acoustic bass. Fans of Rob Sharples and Wiltshire’s mystic bard, William Elmore, would certainly want to stop off here. – STEVE PESCOTT RUMBLES, TERRASCOPE ONLINE
PRAISE FOR ‘LIVE IN AMSTERDAM’
Peter Delaney, it transpires, is live in Amsterdam… his eight track EP documents him and his guitars (ukuleles), singing songs of life and all its difficulties to an appreciative audience. With one exception the songs are brief and bittersweet. Delaney’s voice can soar high but also has a reedy undertone, reminding one just a little of Michael Stipe. He’s a confident singer and never puts a note wrong. Highlights include the emotional ‘My Eyes Are Blessed’ and the eight minute ‘The Guest,’ which matches world-weary vocals with ukelele accompaniment. ‘O, Great Father Ocean’ has the depth and power of a traditional song.A surprisingly affecting and certainly accomplished release. – TERRASCOPE
Delaney is a traditional heartfelt folkster with a high-ish tender vocal who handles his acoustic instruments in a delicate, fragile manner. Nothing better than an intimate live recording to capture a musician’s subtle nuances & in Peter’s case, undoubted charm. Close your eyes and you’re transported to a small Irish pub on a windy Sunday afternoon, snuggled up by the fire with a freshly drawn stout watching a man sing & play beautiful music from the bottom of his heart.
– NORMAN RECORDS