The new single and video from PJB's upcoming self-titled album on Wolfe Island Records, SWIM, has landed.
We here at PJB HQ are delighted and excite to announce that Paul's eponymous new album, produced by Hugh Christopher Brown, will be released internationally by Wolfe Island Records in North American and CRS/Continental Record Services for the rest of the world on June 19th, 2020.
The album has eight original songs written by PJB and HCB and was recorded in Ontario, Canada, New York and Kilkenny and Lisburn, Ireland.
It features many of the Wolfe Island Records artists (Chris Brown, Stephen Stanley, Hadley McCall Thackston, Jason Mercer, Joey Wright and more) along with Michael Mormecha on drums and Eli Abrams on bass. Fellow Waterford man Alex Soikans lends his powerfully eclectic lead guitar playing to a few songs too.
The first single, I BELIEVE, lands on April 24th, 2020.
The front cover art is by PJB.
Not much we can say at the moment but PjB has a new album coming out in Spring 2020.
8 new original songs!
More news soon on when and where you can get your hands on this new collection.
PjB and guests will perform a series of informal acoustic music shows showcasing original song-writing from the South East of Ireland between December 2019 and March 2020.
The first run of these shows will feature Paul and two guest seasoned singer-songwriters,Robert Power (aka "RP") and Aidan O’Callaghan (ex-Amber JEAN).
Each guest will play 20/30 minute sets of their own music and choice covers in a relaxed setting. Paul will play a 30/40 minute set showcasing songs he has recorded, songs in progress and songs from his upcoming eponymous album which will be release in Spring 2020.
Some shows will be “in the round” where Paul and guests will take to the stage together at the same time to play, chat about the art of song-writing, methodology, their influences and more in between playing some great music.
The intention is to have two special guests at every show but is is a fluid project so each night the number of guests will vary.
First show is on December 12th at The Venue, Merry's, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
"Better known as an animator, film maker and author, The Start Of It is a four track EP released by Paul J Bolger.
It’s not his first diversion into recording, his previous release The Moss House was recorded over twenty years ago. Given the success of his other artistic offerings you could possibly expect The Start Of It to be self indulgent and throwaway. Nothing could be further from the truth, it’s a really impressive listen across its four tracks that evoke the musical direction of early Elvis Costello, particularly on the standout track Lady Love & The Cavalier.
The album was co-produced by Bolger and Dave Molloy and features vocals, guitars and keyboard contributions from both producers, together with Ronnie O’Flynn on bass, Michael Black on drums and Cathleen Flynn on piano."
Review by Declan Culliton
The four song Start Of It EP and accompanying films are out in the world!
The EP was recorded and co-produced by Dave Molloy at www.cellarclub.com and a crack team of studio musicians including Ronnie O'Flynn (bass) and Michael Black (drums and percussion). Special guest is Armagh based American composer Cathleen Flynn on piano.
The PjB logo and EP cover design was done by Fran Walsh Design. The photo on the EP cover is of Paul when he was around 4 years old in The Glen, Waterford, Ireland. The bike was his Dad's pride and joy, apart from the boy himself that is.
The videos were produced by Paul and Stephen Butler for PillarStone Productions. Paul also wrote and directed all four videos and hired Waterford based cast and crew to make the videos.