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Folk singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney emerged from the flowering of Sheffield music that gave the world the likes of Slow Club and Richard Hawley and has since established himself as ‘a songwriter of rare ability’ (R2). Setting lyrics that deal with the contrasts and contradictions of life to romantic melodies as hopeful as they are melancholy, McSweeney’s finely crafted songs have been championed by his peers as well as across national radio and mainstream and specialist press. Since the release of his last album, Cargo, McSweeney has made increasingly big waves on the English folk scene picking up main stage festival appearances and collaborating with the likes of Jon Boden and Fay Hield.
“Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery.”
– Dave Simpson, The Guardian
Old Glory Blues
Land of Cockaigne
Strangers of Maresfield Gardens
Waving Not Drowning
Neil McSweeney Voice, Guitars
Sam Sweeney Drums
Ben Nichols Bass
Tom Lenthall Keys, Synths and Voice
M G Boulter
Guitars, Pedal/Lap Steel, Banjo & Voice
Lucy Farrell Voice, Fiddles
Emily Portman Voice
Produced by Andy Bell
February 2017 sees the release of McSweeney’s fourth album, A Coat Worth Wearing, the second release for new imprint Hudson Records. Produced by award-winning folk producer Andy Bell and building on the success of its predecessor, A Coat Worth Wearing shows a marked development in Neil’s sound and approach. Its nine songs were conceived as a piece and subsequently recorded together, largely in full-band live-takes, over seven days in the beautiful Welsh countryside.
McSweeney has toured extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe on his own and as support for the likes of Richard Hawley and Bellowhead. He will continue to tour around the release of A Coat Worth Wearing then throughout 2017 and beyond.
'Deeply felt, brooding songs rich in imagery.’
'A songwriter of rare ability'
'Songs so subtle and well-crafted that you can’t help but be drawn in.’
Drowned in Sound
‘Steelier than your average troubadour’