O’Connell & Love
(Alabama 3’s Larry Love and Brendan O’Connell)
release debut album ‘Minesweeping’
out 6 July 2015 on Mountmellick Music
album preceded by 22 June single ‘Hangover Me’
– launch show 29 July, 100 Club, London –
WATCH Video for ‘Hangover Me’ below
Minesweeping is the new album by O’Connell and Love, a collaboration between Larry Love (lead singer, Alabama 3) and long-time songwriting partner Brendan O’Connell, who co-wrote much of Larry’s first solo album, Ghost Flight, released under the name of Robert Love in 2006. Kris Kristofferson credited Ghost Flight as “one of the best debuts I’ve ever heard.”
Video for ‘Hangover Me’
Click here for a first listen of album track “It Was The Sweetest Thing”
Always working together between their personal music ventures, Brendan and Larry are proud to release their new material. Joining them are featured guest vocalists Rumer,Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tenor Fly, Pete Doherty, Aurora Dawn and June Miles-Kingston (backing vocals Fun Boy Three, The Communards, Big Country). The cast of guest musicians is no less diverse, and includes Seggs Jennings (The Ruts DC), Jay Darlington (Oasis), Seamus Beaghen (formerly of Madness), Owen If (Stereo MCs) and Rob Shirakbari (Music Director for Dionne Warwick, and formerly keyboardist, arranger and Music Director for Burt Bacharach.)
Album preceded by ‘Hangover Me’ single – out 22 June
O’Connell & Love – “Minesweeping” Album Launch
with special guests Kodiak Island and Morton Valence
29th July 2015
O’Connell & Love on stage at 20.45
at The 100 Club
100 Oxford Street
O’Connell & Love and their band will be on stage at 20.45, joined by some of Minesweeping’s featured guest artists and musicians.
Supporting O’Connell & Love will be Kodiak Island, on stage at 20.00, and Morton Valence, on stage at 22.00.
Kodiak Island is the new 4-piece fronted by Jo Bartlett, formerly of It’s Jo and Danny and The Yellow Moon Band, and founder of the Green Man Festival. Celebrating the release of their new single The Sooner, released June 29th, Kodiak Island are on stage at 20.00.
Morton Valence, the first family of Urban Country, are still riding high on their critically acclaimed 4th album ‘Another Country’. Their albums have been garnering 4 and 5 star reviews across the board including Mojo, Classic Rock, Uncut and Q magazine. Morton Valence are on stage at 22.00
Tickets are available at: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/oconnell-love-morton-valence-and-friends-11a6a1
O’Connell & Love: http://oconnellandlove.com
Morton Valence: http://www.mortonvalence.com
Kodiak Island: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kodiak-Island
Venue link: http://www.the100club.co.uk/
These unusual collaborations bring a genre-defying album full of surprises, just as the title Minesweeping implies. An eclectic box of songwriting treasures, it’s a complex album that will draw you in deeper with each listen. “There is no greater joy or honour for musicians than exploring the cultural and musical crossovers that occur when we visit each other’s trenches, try out each other’s armoury and venture together into no man’s land” says Love.
In the same way that Johnny Cash marshalled Rick Rubin (hip hop / electro pioneer) to oversee his final and majestic “American Recordings” sessions, O’Connell & Love were determined to nail the lie that only a bona fide folk/country/blues producer was worthy of the Minesweeping project.
Consequently, and determined to ‘urbanise’ their take on all things folk, they corralled the legendary dance producer Wizard (a.k.a. Greg Fleming) to oversee the recording process. Famed for his work with the Chemical Brothers , Dizzee Rascal, X-Press 2, Wiley, DJ Fresh, M.I.A./Diplo, Lyza J, Chase & Status and a host of other dancefloor luminaries, Wizard brought a unique approach to the situation.