Paddy Dennehy to release his soul-searching debut album, Little Light – out 12th June 2020.
Paddy Dennehy chooses not to shy away from life’s biggest questions. An instinctive and commanding songwriter, his music stops at nothing to seek our deepest, and innermost truth. He exudes an acute awareness, a definitive understanding for the application of his vision. Through a compelling combination of personal and character driven recollections, Little Light discusses topics of love, loss, loneliness and religion. Stark, genuine and deeply captivating, it’s a body of work defined by bold and grandiose intentions.
Following in the footsteps of previously released singles ‘Snow Song’ and ‘Abednego’, Dennehy’s lamenting vocals on Little Light are coarse and disarmingly emotive throughout. His gravelly rasp is painstakingly inflected behind swelling gospel choral arrangements on ‘Hard Times’ whilst on title track, ‘Little Light’, his beckoning vocals are brazened with raw, unconstrained range and emotion.
Paddy Dennehy: ‘Little Light’ is probably the most important song on the album for me. It’s the first song I wrote that wasn’t about my own experiences or views on the world. You can’t be the protagonist the whole time without becoming self-obsessed and narrow minded. This song opened the door on the rest of the album for me.”
He reveals deeper wounds on ‘Someone Else’ and ‘One Good Reason’, his frank balladry encased within chinking piano keys and sorrowful string sections. On new single ‘Feed The Full’ (out 1st May) and ‘St. Peter’s Replacement’, his profound and biblical storytelling is vivid and real; making love’s affection feel stingingly potent.
With already a number of impressive accolades tied to his belt, Dennehy has enjoyed guest performances on Dublin’s Late Late Show and has also played alongside the celebrated Irish folk artist, Glen Hansard at Cork’s Everyman Theatre. Previously supporting Irish stalwarts such as Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan and Mick Flannery, he’s also filled out headline shows at venues such as Cyprus Avenue and Dolans Warehouse. Dennehy has performed at a string of major music festivals, most notably playing the ‘Trailer Park Stage’ at 2016’s Electric Picnic.
Back to 2020 and Dennehy is finally poised to release his debut. Little Light arrives as the crux of Dennehy’s blossoming potential. Humble and grounded, it’s the lifework of a truly talented songsmith.
Paddy Dennehy: “If someday, I can consistently perform my own songs to a respectfulaudience, I wouldn’t ask for more. That’s where I dream my music will eventually take me.”
Little Light is set to be released in 12th June 2020. Stay tuned for more details. Or check out his Facebook page here