Cormac O' Caoimh here. I am a singer-songwriter from Cork. As a solo artist I played three gigs at the London Calling festival and also played the Hard Working Class heroes festival in Dublin and Canadian Music week in Toronto in Canada’s premier music magazine. I have supported Damien Rice (in the Paradiso, Amsterdam), Declan O' Rourke, Josh Rouse, Mark Geary, Nick Kelly, Miles Hunt and Damien Dempsey to name but a few and also ventured further afield playing headlining gigs and slots in Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam and New York as well as fantastic venues in Ireland like De Barras, Cyprus Avenue, The Lobby, The Roundy, The Crane Lane and Whelans (to name but a few) My debut solo CD 'Stark a spark' was released in 2007 and you can read some snippets of reviews below or visit http://www.cormaco.net for more info.
Solo live performances vary between fast and frenetic acoustic guitar playing, slower tunes heavily influenced by a classical guitar playing background and jazz influenced pop tunes. The songs are key though and they all have a catchiness or accessibility at their core that outweigh any stylistic definition. The CD I am hoping to finish and release is largely a collection of the quieter fingerpicking tunes. You can have a listen to a few of these songs on youtube where I uploaded a new song every week for 5 weeks. 4 of these will feature on the new CD. You can see them on http://www.youtube.com/citadels or http://www.facebook.com/cormacmusic .
Previously I was singer-songwriter of The Citadels, a band who over a 10 year period encompassed various shapes and sizes, resulting in the lo-fi acoustic 'Shadow of my Northern Star' EP in 1999 and transforming into a full band - big sound - six piece who released the critically acclaimed 'Letting Go. Holding On' CD in 2003.
Thanks a million,
'For those who haven't tried these songs, I highly recommend that you do. Cormac's compositions are unique, his style and voice like a cool mountain stream. If you're thinking of taking a pill for anxiety, forget it; just listen to some of this music and that's all the calming therapy you'll need.'
"There is a lot of good stuff coming out of Ireland at the moment, people like Damien Rice and David Kitt and I got cd recently from Cormac O Caoimh from Cork which I really like."
"the fresh confident songwriting of Cormac O Caoimh suggests
a promising future"
Tom Robinson, BBC
"Luminous front man Cormac O Caoimh releases his first solo album. More than your typical singer-songwriter, O Caoimh mixes pop sensibility with finely tuned song writing wrapping it all up in his soft melodic confidence and sharp lyrical commentary'