Seamus Fogarty started out in Co Mayo in the west of Ireland, and made it all the way to London, where he lives today. He has gigged with the likes of James Yorkston and Malcolm Middleton, toured Europe, and designed a t-shirt. He came out with his debut album God Damn You Mountain in 2012, which quickly sold-out its’ original press on vinyl. If you didn’t manage to snap up a copy the first time round, it has been made available again via Lost Map Records. The re-release comes with a bonus disk featuring six remixes courtesy of Seamus and some of his friends.
God Damn you Mountain is a soulful folk record, brimming with delightful tales of the surreal and heartbreaking. Sensitive, but never sentimental, Seamus uses his gentle humour to enhance the power of his stories. He showcases his skills, not just as a singer-songwriter, but also a storyteller, a poet, and a sound scavenger, amongst other things. This expertly paced album blends folk and electronica. It’s punctuated with found sounds and field recordings, creating an immersive aural experience. It feels as much like a document as it does a collection of songs. An inner historian is revealed on 'Rita Jack’s Lament', where one woman’s memories serve as the lyrical backdrop to a haunting sound collage, led by stunning fingerpicked guitar.