Noelie McDonnell <noeliemcdonnell>
|Gig Tomorrow night.||11/20/08|
|Noelie plays the Academy in Dublin (Tomorrow, Friday night). It's promised to be a fantastic show, so if you're in the capital, please do come along! Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster, for ?12.50.|
|I'm playing at The Academy...||11/11/08|
|.. And I need your help. Me and the band have been booked to play Dublin's Academy on Abbey Street on Friday Nov. 21st. It's the biggest gig yet for me and promises to be the best one too. Do come along on the night and help us to put the West back on the map! There'll be a bus from Cloghanover and Tuam and back, details to follow shortly on this. Meanwhile if you want to book a place on it contact firstname.lastname@example.org . It'll be a great night altogether, I can't wait.|
In other news I've been recording some new songs over the last few days which went well. Me and Brian and Liam Caff, Keith Mullins, Larry and Olivia lit the fire, plugged in and pressed record. I'll need another while to get it into shape but it was a good start.
I'm off to the UK with the mighty Sawdoctors for December. I'll be opening for them on all their dates leading up to the Christmas there and then back for my own gig in the Roisin Dubh on December 21st. I'll be heading back over the Irish Sea again at the end of January. All the details can be found on www.myspace.com/noeliemcdonnell
Issie and I were both delighted to hear 'Nearly Four' getting so much airplay and we couldn't believe it when it got to number 15 in the Irish Charts. Wow! Thanks to everyone who downloaded it over the past few weeks. We are currently working on our next big hit although we've exhausted the nearly five idea at this stage and we're moving on! ? Sincere thanks to all x
It's gotten awful cold hasn't it? Never mind, Christmas is coming. See ye all soon.
|Howye! A few new songs on MySpace...||1/25/08|
|I've received a number of lovely comments and messages about the the recently posted songs on http://www.myspace.com/noeliemcdonnell and thought I'd just say a little bit about them and generally thank everyone who listens and has been listening over the past couple of years. So thank you! It's very encouraging to check the page and see that the songs are being heard and appreciated.|
New York City is the only remaining song from the Noelie McDonnell album which was released in Ireland in Feb. 2006 ( and is still available on this page of course!! ) It's a song that people often ask me to play and represents the more solo side of what i do. With that in mind I've taken a selection of songs from demos that have been made over the past while, some of which are solo, some played with friends of mine who luckily for me are also fantastic musicians. Drifting and You Can't Give Up are the most recent songs and were recorded on a cold Tuesday evening in Nov. 2007 by John Flatley as myself, eimhin, will, larry, gert and new addition Muireann Cradock rehearsed for a christmas gig in the back of Campbell's Tavern. Winter and Broken Dishes were recorded in Pat Coyne's house in May 2007. Pat plays guitar with Sean Keane and is a world class musician and absoloute gentleman. He's got a myspace too. Check out my friends section. Finally It Won't Hurt was recorded along with nine other tracks in a day in the Hatch recording studio in England by Hugh and Ben in Sept. 2006. I had a great time there and even slept in a yert!
As I mentioned, all these new tracks are quickly made demos and were put down as a way of sketching and remembering as I hawked my guitar around the place doing gigs, trying to keep myself and hopefully a few others entertained! I'll continue to do that and let ye know where I'll be playing next. A new album is on the way. Hope you all enjoy these songs in the mean time Thanks again for lending your ears and keeping in touch. Spread the word and I'm sure I'll see ye all soon.
Lots a love, Noelie x
|Good Noelie interview at:|
|Noelie McDonnell - Reviews|
"......Like Damien Dempsey, McDonnell does little to hide his native
accent, and it adds to the charm of his country rock compositions.
Everything else on 'Noelie McDonnell' however, is decidedly Americana.
Acoustic picking and pedal steel guitars tangle the roots rock of
'Steal a rhythm' a lovely ballad that proves that this singer is in
touch with his inner Kris Kristofferson....."Belly of the earth" has a
shuffling beatnik beat that's thoroughly infectious, especially when
mixed with such excellent lyrics ......." New York City", a song that
a coffee house strummer in Manhattan would kill to
write.........McDonnell is a cut above the rest........"
The Irish Voice - New York - 2006
Irishman Noelie McDonnell Crafts a less traditional sound on his self
- titled debut. And instead opts for more contemporary, roots-rock
fare. Kicking of with the spirited 'Stars' where the guitar and
harmonica meet in a joyful fit. McDonnell reminds of a cross between
Ryan Adams and the counting crow's Adam Duritz. The lovely 'New York
City' brings some heart felt folkiness to the mix, with McDonnell's
slight accent adding to the sincerity of the track. The catchy ' want
to go' finds a swift melody and hangs on tight, leading into the
hypnotic, 'Belly of the earth' giving off a Dave Matthew's band vibe,
albeit with vocals straight outta Galway instead of Virginia,
impressive from the first note, McDonnell is an artist to watch!
Free Time - New York 2006
'..... If you want to listen to someone who's gonna be more well-known
in the future; check out this guy, you might just like what you hear!
Ska, Punk & other junk, New york 2006
'......last night in new york a small club on attorney st. had it's
spirits lifted, what a show! Noelie McDonnell is a startling new Irish
(Craic fest gig @ Sin-e - New york)
New York Press, New york, 2006
'........musicianship of the highest quality, this debut album
confirms he is one Irishman to look out for.'
Hotpress Magazine - Ireland - 2006
McDonnell is a natural at crafting catchy folk-rock songs with stories
that linger as long as the hooks.
Bill O' Neill - Cape Cod Times - 2006
When reviewing Noelie McDonnell's demo in these pages last year, I
described the Galway singer-songwriter as a hybrid of John Prine,
Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. The arrival of his debut album only
confirms that he is all that and, indeed, far more than the sum of his
With not a drawl nor a y'all in sight, he picks his way delicately
through a dozen robust originals, all tastefully blending elements of
outdoor rock, pop, folk and country, and all delivered in his warm,
expressive and unaffected voice.
Aided and abetted by a bunch of fine local musicians, McDonnell comes
across as the real deal, making happy marriages of the catchiest
melodies and homegrown lyrics better than any matchmaker.
On the uptempo 'Stars' the reggae-fied 'Walkin' On' and 'New York
City' he shoots straight from the heart. 'What Am I To Do', replete
with his wailing harmonica, shows great vocal maturity and confidence.
'Want To Go' sambas in before settling into a fine rockin groove, and
there's a mountain of heartache in 'Easy On Me' and in the brilliant
'Steal A Rhythm'.
The laid-back 'Roundstone' is reminiscent of Ger Wolfe and John
Spillane, and it's a true gem, decorated with Gert Nungesser's weeping
steel guitar. The excellent 'Marrakech' will bring the people involved
in tourism in Donegal out in hives, and if 'Belly Of The Earth' goes
off-message a little, this is a debut to be taken seriously.
Despite the country and westernisation of Ireland, we have yet to
produce an alt.country act to bother the US market. If there's any
justice, we've just found one. 8/10
Jackie Hayden - Hotpress Magazine, Ireland 2006
"With folk music entertaining a possible resurgence thanks to Nizlopi,
Here's an artist with the potential to follow suit. Ma
|American Radio Podcast!||12/23/06|
|Have a listen to this...Noelie on American Radio with a great interview and a stunning couple of live tracks in studio:|
|News and stuff..!||12/23/06|
|Noelie played great gigs at Crawdaddy in Dublin and Roisin Dubh in Galway over the Xmas. Lots of new songs, old songs, and craic!! UK Tour coming in the new year and hopefully...a new album!|