Steve Cooney isn’t the only musician taking centre stage for the first time in a long and acclaimed career. Declan Sinnott, founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts, long-term producer of Mary Black’s music and more recently producer/collaborator with Christy Moore, has released his first solo album and is currently on an extensive solo tour.
On I Love the Noise It Makes all instruments, singing and arrangements are by Sinnott himself, most songs are written by Sinnott with Owen O’Brien, and all are produced by Sinnott from his own converted-bedroom studio.
What he writes in the sleeve notes explains how it came about: ‘Early in 2011 John Kelleher, the head of Warner Classics & Jazz record label suggested that I might make a solo album. I had successfully avoided making any records in my own name for 40 years so I don’t know why this was the trigger that worked. Recent events had shown me how fragile life can be and opened me up in very real ways. I knew the time to be counted had come…. sat down and set to work and everything flowed as it it was always meant to be.’
And on his blog, Sinnott writes honestly about the uncertainties of someone stepping out of the shadows: ‘I feel more exposed as a musician than I have ever done. I’ve gone through thinking the record was dreadful, what was I thinking, do I really expect people to buy it. I’ve slept badly. I’ve had ridiculous conversations with friends. I wrote a long letter to the record company telling them what was wrong with the album and asking if I could start again. I didn’t send it.
‘I’m coming out the other side of that now. I like the record I made. It is what I intended. I’m proud of it. It will take a while before I’m seen as a singer in my own write. My history will lead some people to expect something else, something more folky maybe. Some people may not be inclined to listen because they don’t like what I’ve done before.’
Sinnott is currently touring the album, with dates as follows:
11 October The Crane bar, Galway
18 October Boyle’s, Slane, Co Meath
20 October Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
21 October Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin
25 October De Barra’s, Clonakilty, Co Cork
30 October Bush Hall, Uxbridge Road, London
16 November Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork COBH Sirius
18 November Belltable Theatre, Limerick
22 November Riverbank Hotel, Wexford
23 November Forum in Waterford
24 November Seamus Ennis Centre, in Naul, Co Dublin
8 December Triskell Arts Centre, Cork
14 December Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary
Published on 11 October 2012