15 Sep 2013 (20:00) at Róisín Dubh
€15 (€15 members)
Hot on the heels of his song "Wicklow Hills" being voted into the top 25 of all-time best Irish songs in a nationwide poll by Today FM, Pierce has announced details of his new album, single and forthcoming gigs.
The album, entitled The Boy To Be With, will be released on April 1st as part of Pierce's new distribution deal with RMG-Chart Distribution and is a rockier effort than his most recent offerings, with influences ranging from The Byrds to The Pogues, The Beach Boys and The Who.
The Boy To Be With is also unique in that one of its tracks, "The Ballad Of Rory Gallagher", a heartfelt tribute to the late Irish bluesman whose 10th anniversary is marked this year, features samples of Gallagher's trademark blues licks. According to Pierce, "I was a huge fan of Rory's and I featured the song in a TV tribute to him and that sparked off demands to put it on the album. Then Rory's brother Donal generously allowed me to add appropriate licks from Rory's actual recordings. It's a very emotional track for me, and I hope for Rory's fans too."
"The Ballad Of Rory Gallagher" is part of a three-piece suite of folk songs on "The Boy To Be With", and the album also contains the songs, "Drumsna", "The Bright and Early", "Omaghº and one cover version, Pierce's reworking of the Mann-Weil classic "See That Girl".
The Boy To Be With was written by Pierce in his homes in Wexford and Manhattan and recorded in upstate New York with backing musicians whose CVs include references to Suzanne Vega, Elvis Costello, Ron Sexmith and Peter Gabriel, among countless others. The entire project has been made into a documentary by the TV presenter Colin Murnane and will be aired on television later this year.
The Boy To Be With will be released on April 1st (no fooling) Outside of Ireland you will be able to acquire it through the Website. Pierce will perform in the U.S. sometime later this year.