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Wexford Based Robin James Hurt Releases 'Live From Kilmichael'

Robin James Hurt has a special connection to The Sound Cafe, 32 years ago Robin cut his first tracks in a studio in Penicuik, Scotland, the town is about 17 miles south of the capital city of Edinburgh. That studio was called The Sound Cafe Recording Studio, and was owned by the multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, engineer and producer, Dave Gray. The founder of The Sound Cafe magazine, for a number of years, played in Dave Gray's band before moving to Canada, when the magazine was created it was named after the original Sound Cafe, in homage to, and with the blessing of Dave.

Now, 32 years later, Robin is still producing quality recordings, his latest albumLive From Kilmichael was recorded at his home in County Wexford, Ireland by long-time collaborator and producer Liam Mulvaney.

Inspired by the weekly lockdown livestream sessions of the same name on Facebook and YouTube, the album captures Robin solo – vocal, Martin D-28 guitar, foot stomp – and occasional backing vocals from Dougal his recently acquired dog.

The twelve tracks are a mix of newly arranged traditional songs, fresh original compositions and a show-stopping cover of Billy Bragg‘s plangent ballad “Between The Wars”.

Robin James Hurt was born in Belfast, raised in Scotland and lived in Dublin for many years. More recently he has settled on the coast of County Wexford in the south east of Ireland.

He is a consummate, captivating, highly popular live performer, playing regularly in Dublin and around Ireland at both more intimate venues and larger festivals, as well as all across Europe and beyond.

Robin’s considerable talents as a guitarist, composer and singer have brought him on a rich, varied path as a solo act and also with other artists, such as the late great Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners, Sinead O’Connor, Finbar Furey, Hazel O’Connor and Camille O’Sullivan; and bands such as Bohínta, Gael Slí, The West Seventies, Bagatelle and many others.

As a guitarist Robin has worked in many genres, but he found his musical voice through his lifelong love for folk music, particularly from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and England. He has gained international recognition for unique original compositions (on both guitar and mandolin) and fresh rearrangements of traditional tunes, taking frequently lesser-known folk songs and filling them with love, yearning and raw emotion.

His work goes beyond any folk music idiom to a simple heartfelt connection anyone can understand. Robin has released three albums and three EPs under his own name and has also appeared on many albums by other acts over the years.

Performed by Robin James Hurt. Video and audio were recorded 'on location' in the ruins of the former lifeboat station at Kilmichael Point on the Wexford coast in Ireland, by Elena Duff.


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