Just back from Dublin and a few days with James Darkin in Herbert Place Studios recording additional tracks for the album: vocals, guitar, synth, wind, strings....you name it!
Next - mixing!
We've just uploaded songs from our 1998 EP "Passenger Measure Your Time" onto our YouTube channel. Hit the link at the top of the page to have a listen......
OK - we got it done! Just back from a great week in Dublin in Herbert Place Studio recording with the very talented James Darkin. He's also recorded Hozier there in the last few weeks and The Waterboys are next band in after us, so he knows what he's at. James also records his own industrial electronic stuff - check out his album "Go, No Matter What" on Spotify.
Our social media pages (links above) are the best place to go for more regular updates and for some more pics and info. The rough mixes sound great - there's a definite, more experimental buzz to the songs and we're pretty excited by the whole thing. The plan is to record some overdubs by mid-October (strings, keyboards, vocals etc) and mix in November. Then master December/January for a March release.
It's been a while. A lot has happened and a little has happened but we're still here. We've played sporadically but of late have been pushed along by a new slew of songs and a dedicated practice room in the city centre.
So, demos are recorded and being fine tuned, and a studio booked in Dublin - stay tuned!
Our second album 'The Dial Waltz' is released (at last!). We're really happy with how it turned out. Daniel Presley produced again so it's got that organic, natural tone we were looking for. The reviews are great so far - see more on the Reviews link above.
We've got a mini-launch tour planned.......
Saturday May 1st....CD Launch in Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Saturday May 22nd...Roisin Dubh, Galway
Sunday May 23rd.....Bewleys Theatre, Dublin
As part of Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, Boa Morte will play a one-off gig with the much-feted Attic Lights, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub, Euros Childs of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Francis McDonalds BMX Bandits. Nice lineup, if we say so ourselves. All happening in the ABC.
We'd better get ourselves in shape for next week! Boa Morte play a low-key (keep it to yourself) teatime gig in Cork's Crane Lane. Time: 6ish, Admission: freeish.
..the day after. Genuinely taken aback by the big turn-out yesterday evening. When we organised a 'low key' early gig to get ready for next weekend we thought maybe 30-40 curious punters might amble along. So it was great to see such a large attendance - gets us nicely stoked for the weekend. Bring it on!
Details being firmed up for 2 gigs in January - 1 in Cork, 1 in Glasgow. See 'January' above for more details.
April 3rd ....
2008 is looking busy...only April and 1 gig on the way already.
On Wednesday April 2nd, BM play Whelans in Dublin as a guest of the great Adrian Crowley. Also on the bill will be old sparring partner Mumblin' Deaf Ro. It's all part of a residency Adrian's got going for the next few weeks in April. BM cousin Clarence Black play the following Wednesday, April 10th.
Mar 3rd ....
NEWS AT LAST!!! It was only a matter of time. Maurice is back from his travels so Boa Morte can resume their punishing work schedule. We're even playing a gig:
Where:The Unitarian Church, Cork
When: Saturday March 3rd, 8pm
Who with: White Magic
Meanwhile, rumblings about the release of the second album continue. Stay tuned.
It is a bit of a worry when updates go from weekly to monthly. When they go to yearly, well that's time to panic. Normally. No need to panic this time though. 2006 is a carefully planned off-year to allow Maurice take a Leonard Cohen style retreat in a Buddist monastery and sort his tinitus.
As reported last year, the album is on ice, sliding it's way at glacier pace to an ultimate release date. Any time before artrithis sets in on Pauls picking fingers would be useful.
So, keep with us. To sustain you, we've launched our myspace page at www.myspace.com/myboamorte.
Also, check out a video for Wooden Floor from the upcoming album at Youtube .
Don't lose the faith. The second album is long recorded and is sitting patiently waiting its day in the sun. To keep you going, there's another track on the music page.
Friday August 25th...
Occasional Boa Morte offshoot Clarence Black entertain the masses at the launch of Carnival magazine in Tig Fili, Cork.
There should be some more Clarence Black gigs coming up in the next while so stay tuned. Actually, I must put a song on the music page. Check back soon.
Saturday June 25th...
Boa Morte are doing their bit for culture capital by playing in the renowned Spiegeltent, along with much talked about Cork/London outfit Sisters.
Saturday December 11th...
Boa Morte play The Lobby Bar in Cork with Dub Adrian Crowley. Adrians second album was released this year to great acclaim. Probably Boa Morte's last Cork gig before the album release so expect to hear some stuff from the new album mixed in. Doors 8:30pm. 10 squids in.
Sunday December 12th...
We're on a roll! Boa Morte play Whelans in Dublin with Adrian Crowley.Our first Dublin gig since the Ambassador gig last year. Doors 8:30pm. About 10 e's.
Provisional dates for a Cork/Dublin exchange arrangement with Adrian Crowley. We'll confirm these dates and follow up with details soon.
Gigs postponed - new dates in preparation - news soon.
Friday October 9..POSTPONED
Boa Morte and Adrian Crowley play The Lobby Bar, Cork.
Sunday October 24..POSTPONED
Boa Morte and Adrian Crowley play Whelans, Dublin.
The artwork is in preparation...looks good so far. Release dates etc. being discussed in the background.....hopefully some news soon.
It's Friday the 13th but undeterred Clarence Black continue their 2 date tour palying with Niall Connolly.
Venue: The Lobby Bar, Cork. Joined for the night by Louise on cello.
After gaining serious notice for their offering to the Freakscene CD, Boa Morte offshoots, Clarence Black play De Barras of Clonakilty with Niall Connolly. Expect a laid back night with some new tunes and the odd new member. Should be fun.
New album release options are humming away in the background. Watch this space....
In the meantime we're getting a few gigs together for the coming months.
There's a taster from the upcoming second album available on the music page. Have a listen.
Release arrangements for the album are being sorted. Right now it's looking more like an end of year release date. It's not good to rush these things you know. Must get a couple of mp3's from the latest recordings on the site soon.
Boa Morte play The Lobby Bar, Cork. It's the first gig of 2004, in fact the first since the Calexico gig last August. Expect new songs and new sounds, all for the very old price of 8 euros.
Support on the night will be from the unique Mumblin' Deaf Ro. Ro hails from Dublin, with a set so incisive and tuneful that you'll be left wondering how this could possibly be his first time playing The Lobby.
It's been a few weeks of trumpets, fugelhorns, trombones, xylophones(!!)and harmoniums along with the usual mix of cellos, violins, pianos and dodgy 2-inch tape machines, but finally, the album's in the can. Extra tracks and mixing happened in Apollo, Dublin and mastering at Windmill Lane.
Maybe it's just us but we think it sounds great. There'll be an mp3 or two up soon so you can make you're own mind up.
Release date? Stay tuned.
...our IT department was shut down for a couple of months there. Not much news in the meantime though. We're back in studio in Dublin with Daniel Presley the last week in January to mix the album. Expect to hear a sample on the 'music' page soon afterwards.
10 days in Sun Studios and everyone's excited about the results. Despite the occasional earth hum, exploding amp and temperamental desk the sound is crystal clear, even better than last time.
The next few months should be quiet - finishing off the songs then hopefully getting Daniel back over to mix in January.
...Sun Studios in Dublin is booked for September, Daniel Presley is on the way from Paris, so the pressure is on to get the new songs in shape for recording. Heads down everyone....
..the legendary Calexico play the Opera House and we'll be there with them. Tickets are going fast so get them now from the Opera House box office, phone 021-4271168. Doors 8pm.
...the Everyman gig was good fun, despite the odd forgotten line and exploding effects box (no doubt sabotaged by the same guy who stole Maurices car complete with drumkit the weekend before the gig - if anyone in a battered Opel Kadett tries to sell you an even more battered Pearl kit with 100 different types of drumsticks, give us a shout).
..Boa Morte play the Everyman Theatre, Cork as part of the annual mid-Summer festival. Also on the bill: Annette Buckley, Niall Connolly and special guests Woodstar. Expect to hear a few new songs. Tickets on sale now, 15 euros, doors 9pm.
....Boa Morte make their Kilkenny debut in the legendary Cleeres . Special guest on the night will be the wonderful Mumblin' Deaf Ro. Coming out of Dublin, Mumblin' Deaf Ro released his debut album ' Senor, my friend...' to universal acclaim. A gifted songwriting storyteller, you'll be humming these tunes and recalling lyrics well into the year. Doors 9pm, 6 squids in.
..BM offshoots Re d'Italia and Clarence Black are both busy recording over the month. Clarence Black are going the low budget route with a four-track and computers while the flusher Re d'Italia are off to Sun Studios in Dublin with the semi-legendary Marc Carolan. We must post up some mp3's when it's all ready.
..had a great time with the Fanclub. We're not planning any gigs in the near future as we settle down to some serious demoing/arranging/constructing/deconstructing songs in preparation for recording the new album, hopefully sometime in early Summer. So far so good, things are sounding great....expect a preview mp3 up here soon.
Boa Morte play support to Teenage Fanclub on the rescheduled Irish leg of their tour. The dates are as follows:
Monday January 27th - The Savoy, Cork
Tuesday January 28th - Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
Wednesday January 29th - The Ambassador, Dublin
David Kitt plays The Everyman Theatre in Cork and we'll be there supporting him. Following the remarkable success of his album, The Big Romance, and having won both the Best Irish Solo Male at the Meteor Awards last March, and 'Songwriter of the Year' gong from Hot Press, Kitt returns to Cork after a long absence with a full band including Graham Hopkins (ex-Therapy, Gemma Hayes), Brian Mooney (ex-The Idiots), Ritchie Egan (The Redneck Manifesto) and Paul Smyth (The Jimmy Cake). Kitt's live outings have always been spectacular successes, as proved by last year's Witness performance, which nearly had to be cancelled, such was the eagerness to hear the Kittser. Full details of prices etc. as we get them
Boa Morte return to Dublin for a bit of Christmas shopping and a gig in the Lower Deck. It's the first Dublin gig since the release of the album.
Their first Lobby gig in ages sees Boa Morte playing with by much touted Dubliner Adrian Crowley.
Just confirmed; Boa Morte play support to Teenage Fanclub on the Irish leg of their tour. The dates are as follows:
Monday November 11th - The Savoy, Cork postponed - see below
Tuesday November 12th - Dolans Warehouse, Limerick postponed - see below
Wednesday 13th - The Ambassador, Dublin postponed - see below
The TFC tour is postponed until January, check back here for further details.
Boa Morte and The Frank and Walters play The Savoy Theatre in Cork.
August has been quiet. We've got a few things in the pipeline for September/October/November however. As they're confirmed we'll post them here.
Just back to the real world after 10 days of playing in great places with great people. Thanks to Major Matt, The Beauty Shop, Francis and all in Shoeshine for being part of such an amazing time. The Boa Morte scanner is working overtime to get some photos up on the photo page.
The album is out and selling well, even though some availability problems are reported from around the country. The record company has been on to the distributer to sort it out, so bear with us. Stay tuned for news of further gigs.
A UK launch tour with stablemates Beauty Shop and Major Matt Mason is planned for July. So far the schedule looks like this:
July 14 - Brighton - Hanbury Ballroom
July 15 - Oxford - Downstairs at the Zodiac
July 16 - Hull - Adelphi
July 17 - Manchester - Star & Garter
July 18 - Glasgow - West 13
July 19 - London - The Metro Club
July 20 - Leicester - The Musician
July 21 - Newcastle - The Cluny
July 22 - Sheffield - The Barfly
Boa Morte play The Lobby Bar Cork on Sunday July 7th, their last home gig before setting off on their UK tour. Support will be announced soon.
Just heard today that the release date is now July 15th....ouch. Still - what's another 2 weeks
The release date of the album has been pushed out to July 1st.....some technical difficulties at the printing press.
At long last, our debut album is about to see the light of day, thanks to those wonderful people in Shoeshine Records in Glasgow. Entitled 'Soon It Will Come Time To Face The World Outside' , a UK/Ireland release date has been set for June 17th. Come back soon for a full track listing and sleeve shots etc...
The reviews of the album are starting to come in. Get along to the reviews page for the latest. So far so good. Reviews by Mojo, Uncut, Q, Irish Times and loads others....
Sunday April 7th
It looks like we'll be making our Dublin debut with Joan of Arse in Whelans....can't wait. As soon as we know more details we'll let you know.
Saturday February 2nd
The first gig of the new year is happening in The Lobby Bar. Expect to hear a lot of new stuff. It's a double headliner with the magnificent Dublin lo-fi outfit The Dudley Corporation, who have a new album just released.
Doors 8.30pm. Admission 7 euros.
Details of an upcoming Dublin gig available soon.
We're taking a short break from the live scene to get ourselves organised. A video for 'Maginot Line' starts production in early December. The whole contractual chaos is coming to a conclusion so we should be able to move forward again pretty soon.
Look out for live dates in Cork and Dublin early in the new year.
Sunday September 16th
The Drift: A day of music and performance in The Pine Lodge, Mertylville, featuring:
• Boa Morte
• Philip K. Dick (experimental noise combo)
• Volvograd (from Belfast)
• Clarence Black
• Third Man feat. Neal Pearson
• performanes from Dobs van Eyck
• and many more, including a few surprises
and in association with the Frank O' Connor festival, readings by Kevin Doyle and Martin Kelleher.
Kick-off 2pm. Free admission.
Friday July 13th
It hit us too late to get on the site in advance, but Friday the 13th saw us in the Triskel with the one and only Howe Gelb. We tried some new stuff, which worked out well. Howe was all over the place, in a really good way and afterwards we all headed to the Spailpin Fanach for a few well deserved lemonades.
Friday June 29th
Boa Morte play the Lobby Bar in Cork as part of a fundraising gig for Focus Ireland. Lots of other people appearing on the night. Doors 9pm. 8 squids in.
Thursday May 3rd
Boa Morte play support to the highly acclaimed Empire, consisting of members of the late, great Rollerskate Skinny in the Triskel Arts Center in Cork. Doors open 9ish, admission £6ish.
Saturday May 26th
High Noon is an all day lo-fi/alt-country festival happening in Mertyleville, near Crosshaven in Co. Cork. Boa Morte have been added to the international line up. Full details at the High Noon website. .
Friday May 20th
Re d'Italia, notorious one-song experimentalists and Boa Morte offshoots, play support to David Kitt in Nancy Spains. Doors open £9pm and it's 8 squids in. It looks like being full so get there early. .
Friday March 3rd
The Webb Brothers play the Lobby Bar in Cork, and we'll be there supporting them. Visit them at www.thewebbbrothers.com. Doors open at 9 pm and at a guess it'll be £7 in.
The rough mixes are in, artwork and CDs are ping-ponging trans-atlantic. Progress is slow but we're getting there. A couple of gigs are being planned for March, including a follow-on to last years Straight Convention in The Lobby Bar, featuring a posse of Corks best lo-fi and beat poet talent. Confirmation soon.
The monthly Freakscene Live series continues this month with Grand, The Would-Bes and Boa Morte. Go to the Freakscene site for more.
Boa Morte support American alt-country legends, The Pernice Brothers in Nancy Spains, Cork. Their last gig together was a sell-out in the Lobby Bar earlier this year. Tickets £8.00. 9pm kick-off. A Bandicoot promotion.
With recording complete, mixing takes place this month in Paris, with Daniel Presley, who produced the album, behind the desk. Daniel has previously worked with Smog, The Breeders and American Music Club, amongst others. Expect a sample mp3 on the music page soon afterwards.
Saturday September 23
Boa Morte and Jubillee Allstars play The Lobby Bar, Cork.
Doors open 8:30pm Admission £7
Thursday August 18th
The Straight Convention - a night of poetry and song from this bunch of mining disaster survivors, featuring:
• Re d'Italia
• Clarence Black
• Paddy Gallagher
• Johnny Lonesome
• Boa Morte
The Lobby Bar, only £3
End of August........
Boa Morte enter Temple Lane Studios in Dublin to complete the recording of their debut album. It looks like mixing will be in Paris in October, so things are looking good for a release date early in the New Year. In the meantime, get along to the music page for a taster.