Cathal Coughlan has announced three special solo concerts in addition to his re-scheduled Flannery's Mounted Head > Foburg show in Dublin on March 25th.
Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Thursday 22 March. www.cyprusavenue.ie
The Rosin Dubh, Galway, Friday 23 March.
Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow, Saturday 24th March.
"His fourth solo work overflows with the kind of pop nous that today's practitioners would sell their vocal cords for. Foburg remains a quality piece of work, musically and lyrically eloquent, provocative and intrepid" Tony Clayton Lea, The Irish Times
"Coughlan has acquired few peers in two decades of labour and Foburg is one of the finest works yet to be adorned by his distinctive snarl" Andrew Mueller, Uncut
September 2006 saw the release of Foburg, the fourth album by ex-Fatima Mansions and Microdisney singer Cathal Coughlan. Comprising 14 new self-composed songs which illustrate an 'unreliable narrative of architectural plastic surgery', which is for the listener to trace or to ignore, it features the Grand Necropolitan Sextet, a group assembled by Coughlan in 2005 for the premiere of his live song-cycle Flannery's Mounted Head. The latest album recalls Coughlan's work with the Fatima Mansions and on his first solo album, Grand Necropolitan (1997).Coughlan offered the initial fruits of his unreliability to the world as the first post-punk era was ending, through the medium of his partnership with Sean O'Hagan in Microdisney. Together, they created most of their recorded work while living dissolutely in London, recording five albums.Having alienated some with the melodic gloss of his first group, his second, the Fatima Mansions, refrained from such affronts, being as acerbic and raucous a group as existed anywhere in the world at that time. The group excelled in live performance, though the somewhat random nature of the latter provoked both love and hate in its audiences. Touring heavily in Europe and America through the early and mid-1990's, The Fatima Mansions released four albums, while Coughlan's side-project, the more unexpurgated Bubonique, released two. Circumstances dictated a solo career after the late 1990's, and Coughlan has released three previous albums in his own name, to critical acclaim internationally, since that time. He has also contributed music to several feature films and, since 2001, has toured extensively, as a vocalist, in musical theatre projects in France.