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Growing up in Dun Laoghaire, a south-east seaside Dublin suburb, O’Brien wrote his first song, aged just 12, a week after his older brother lent Conor his acoustic guitar.  After choosing the name Villagers - “I like the name because it doesn’t offend the songs” - O’Brien released The Hollow Kind EP in February 2009 and the 7” ‘On a Sunlit Stage’ last October on the Any Other City label, run by Villagers drummer James Byrne. After signing to Domino, Becoming a Jackal was recorded in Villagers guitarist Tommy McLaughlin’s home studio, with Tommy engineering and co-producing alongside Conor.

The album “Becoming a Jackal” was nominated for The Mercury Music Prize in 2010, and also the Irish equivalent, The Choice Music Prize 2010.   In the autumn of 2011 Conor O’Brien was awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for Becoming a Jackal.

Young in face but intense around the eyes, O’Brien will probably never run out of insights and incidents, so you can be sure that Villagers will be around for the long term. Which suits him just fine. “I don’t want this ever to be the finished product, but to be constantly changing, moving and growing. I can hear so much more.”

A beautiful sweeping song which kick starts into life with an electronic pulse and builds to a dramatic string laden climax.  'The Waves' is the first piece of music to be released from the follow-up to Villagers’ Mercury-nominated and Ivor Novello Award winning debut, Becoming a Jackal, details of which are to be announced soon.

All tickets for this show are SOLD OUT.


23 Oct 2012


The Borderline

16 Manette Street



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