Irish Songwriter Marc Carroll previews his 4th solo album, 'Stone Beads & Silver' with a single, 'The Fool Disguised In Beggars Clothes' on 4th February. The new album is released 28th January.
Marc takes to the road in FEBRUARY for rare UK dates, starting with an intimate show at The Enterprise, Haverstock Hill NW3 on THURSDAY 31st JANUARY before embarking on the following dates (more tbc):
Sun 3 - BIRMINGHAM, Yardbird Jazz Club
Tues 5 - GLASGOW, Broadcast
Wed 6 - NEWCASTLE, The Think Tank
Thurs 7 - MANCHESTER, Castle
Filling the ranks of Marc's studio band are some of the best working in American music today, including Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Nelson Bragg & Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson), McKenzie Smith (Midlake) as well as legendary former Bob Dylan sideman and Levon Helm band leader, Larry Campbell. For the first time Marc hired a defacto producer - Grammy Award winner Chris Testa (Jimmy Eat World, Band Of Horses, Dixie Chicks) to work alongside him on the sessions. "I liked Chris when I met him and I think we worked well together. I thought it would be interesting to let someone else in on the act. "
Several strands are woven into the fabric of the music ("Dylan's Daniel Lanois productions are the stylistic touchstone" notes Uncut). Folk and country influences and instrumentation can be found on tracks like the mesmerising, haunting, album opener, "Muskingum River". Other songs evoke the space and distance of the deserts and coasts of California while "Sat Neath Her Window" could almost be a traditional folk song.
Lyrically astute as ever, songs like "The Fool Disguised in Beggars Clothes" reveal a poised sense of poetry and observation, while "(It Was) Lust Not Love" once again demonstrates his ability to fire off a 3 minute pop song with ease. With good reason he has been declared as "One of the finest songwriters putting pen to paper."