SHE DARKS ME
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RTE LYRIC FM ALBUM OF THE WEEK (MARTY WHELAN)
A LOST ALBUM WORTH FINDING - THE IRISH TIMES
She Darks Me should delight loyal fans. May it win multitudes of new converts. - HOTPRESS
THE SUN NAMES THE EASTER VIGIL NO.1 IRISH ALBUM OF 2017
“The devil may indeed always lurk amidst the detail but it takes the confidence of a master to allow the magic flourish deep inside the quiet.”
- Blackpool Sentinel
“Another beautifully produced collection”
- Sunday Times
“His most profound and moving work yet”
“Genuinely breathtaking… truly transcendent”
"A TONIC FOR THESE TIMES, A TRIUMPH OF SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE"
- THE SUN
ABOUT JOE CHESTER
One of the most critically acclaimed contemporary singer-songwriters and one of the most in-demand producers around ("A legitimate giant of Irish music." - Hotpress), Joe Chester has been nominated for both the Choice Music Prize and the Meteor Irish Music Awards. His debut album, A Murder Of Crows, was included in the books 101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, by Tony Clayton-Lea and Buried Treasure Vol. 2 by Dan Hegarty and recently in The Sunday Times list of the best Irish albums of all time - "Chester's debut solo album is a perfect pop record. The songs are at once effortless, memorable, hook-laden and a masterclass in subtle dynamics."
His fifth album, The Easter Vigil, meanwhile, was named 2017 Irish Album of the Year by The Sun who described it as, "A tonic for these times, a triumph of substance over style." The Easter Vigil (2017) has drawn praise as “genuinely breathtaking” and “truly transcendent” by Hotpress, “melody incarnate” by The Sunday Business Post and “his most profound and moving work yet” by RTE.
A producer of over 50 albums, he was, until recently, one half of the critically acclaimed Hedge Schools, has been a member of The Waterboys, toured extensively with Gemma Hayes, performed with Sinead O'Connor and played for Irish President Michael D. Higgins.
He is a member of Dublin group a lazarus soul whose new album,"The D They Put Between The R & L" has been tipped for Irish album of 2019 by the Irish Mirror and described by The Sunday Times as, “Vital and brilliant, this LP sounds like Dublin feels.”
His recordings have led to multi-platinum sales and Number 1 albums for many other artists and he has worked in the studio with a vast array of Ireland's music scene, including Gemma Hayes, Hozier, Mundy, Shane McGowan, The Lost Brothers, Camille O'Sullivan, Lunasa and even steering folk legend Finbar Furey to his first Number 1 since 1987 (The Last Great Love Song)
His current release, She Darks Me, given its first physical release in January 2019 consists of songs written on the road and recorded with such luminaries of music as Steve Wickham (The Waterboys, U2) and Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles.) "A lost album worth finding" - The Irish Times