It was a great thrill to collaborate with New Pope for the TULCA Festival of Visual Arts in Galway a couple of weeks ago.
Here’s the audio of ‘High-Lands’, recorded live at the Galway Mechanics’ Institute, November 11 2016. The sound engineer was John Burke.
New Pope is a songwriter dealing in melodic indie dream pop and sometimes folk. Onstage he is joined by Colm Bohan on percussion and Stephen Connolly on organ and guitar.
Released in December 2015, New Pope’s debut album YOUTH was named number 13 in the nialler9 Reader’s Best Irish Albums of 2015, number 23 in The Thin Air’s Irish releases of the year and Release of the Week in The Irish Times.
‘Onwards, Westwards’ – the opening track from YOUTH – featured on the soundtrack to Baked In Brooklyn (2016) starring Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) & Alexandra Daddario (True Detective).
‘New Pope is a treat that has left a now totally full yet utterly silent room entranced.’ (Eoin Murray, The Thin Air, Róisín Dubh, 2015)
‘High-Lands’ was originally commissioned in 2014 by London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm as part of Remote Performances and broadcast live from Outlandia, a unique artists’ field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland. The story also draws on research undertaken as part of a loose collaboration with Stuart Brisley, Maya Balcioglu and Dr Sanja Perovic of King’s College London, that was made possible by my residency at King’s College London in 2013-14, which was funded by Creativeworks London.