LIMERICK is twinning with the American Mid-West in a new collaboration for local musician Nick Carswell.
The Limerick multi-instrumentalist has teamed up with three top notch US musicians in his adopted home for the last three years of Kansas, forming Carswell & Hope, who are gearing up to release debut album titled A Hunger.
The quartet will tour Ireland in late July, with gigs in Dolan’s Warehouse and the Greyhound Bar in Kilkee on an exciting agenda.
Nick tells us: “I’m very excited to get back and play a tour, especially our big show in Dolan’s.
“The biggest part for me is getting to bring my US band-mates back home, to meet everyone and see some of the great pubs, venues and scenery, from Clonakilty to Kilkee.
“It’s that old thing of seeing your familiar and favourite places through the eyes of a visitor. The Carswell & Hope boys won’t believe how amazing my home town and the West of Ireland is.”
We have heard an early cut of the new record, which is due for release later this month, and can confirm that it builds on the beautiful, melody-driven tunes that were prevalent on Carswell’s debut The Word, recorded with the Elective Orchestra and released in 2011.
Beefed up with the expert musicianship of Jason Slote, Austin Quick and Dan Hines and Carswell’s superb songsmith abilities, A Hunger combines vintage rock, big harmonies and carefully crafted textures. Watch this space.
The band are fundraising for the Irish tour, with the new album available at a bargain price. See www.carswellandhope.com.