ACCLAIMED local singer-songwriter Eamonn Hehir will launch his much-anticipated second album with a gig in Dolan’s Warehouse this Saturday.
The album is the former Toucandance frontman’s long awaited follow-up to his debut Blood Mill Road, released almost 12 years ago.
Hehir is something of rock royalty on the local scene, the popular group Toucandance among the leading lights of Limerick music of yesteryear, along with Tuesday Blue and the Groove.
Hehir’s debut album was well thought of and his follow-up comes not before time. He explains that he got the inspiration for the title, The Flag Listeners, from fellow Limerick man, author Kevin Barry.
“The title, “The Flag Listeners” refers to a passage in Limerick-born writer Kevin Barry’s novel, “City of Bohane”. For more information, consult the book, it’s a great read,” he laughs.
Hehir, who played acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards and drums on the album, was joined by Dave Keary - ex-Tuesday Blue and currently playing with Van Morrison - and the late Des O’Dwyer on electric guitar on the album, as well as James Hanley on keyboards and Jenny McMahon on backing vocals.
“Des features on five tracks which I’m very pleased about,” says Eamonn of his former Toucandance bandmate, who sadly passed away in late 2010.
The composition of the band that will play with Hehir this Saturday owe much of its formation to playing at a tribute night to O’Dwyer in January 2011.
“This is roughly the line-up of Medicine Machine, the once-off band we assembled to play Des’s own compositions at his tribute gig,” says Eamonn.
“I felt there was a chemistry to the line-up and I’m pleased to have them playing on my material this time,” he adds.
Eamonn Hehir plays Dolan’s Warehouse this Saturday, November 17.