Songs From Last Year

by Doug Kinch

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    If songwriting is a vocation, it's a late one for Doug Kinch.

    The Dublin writer penned his first song in his fifties, something which, as he says, took him completely by surprise.

    "It just blew in out of nowhere," he explains. "I came down after a broken night, my head buzzing with lines, and started writing. It wasn't a project. I'd had no intention - or expectation - of writing songs. It just happened."

    Two years on, his EP Songs From Last Year has been released - not commercially, but targeted at singers and the music business to showcase a selection of his songs.
    He's worked with established professional musician and composer Josh Johnston and the four tracks on the EP are sung by renowned Irish singer Carol Keogh.

    "I liked the idea of a female vocalist singing the songs," Kinch says. "Two were specifically written with a woman singer in mind anyway." The songs delve into big themes and extreme states of mind - such as obsession ('Hannah Jordan') and loss ('September Dry') and also the life of the artist ('Sketching for Lydia') - all invoked by original music and lyrics that give these variations on the classic torch song genre a contemporary twist.

    His collaboration with Johnston has proved fruitful. The pair took Kinch's ideas for the songs and developed them musically, refining and polishing them over time to become the songs you hear on this disc.

    Keogh's subtle, flexible vocals and sweet, sometimes melancholy tones complete the effect and combine with Johnston's arrangements to give the EP its distinctive sound.
    Integral to this sound is a backing band featuring Josh on piano and organ, Patrick Groenland on acoustic and electric guitars and Cian Murphy on double bass.

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If songwriting is a vocation, it's a late one for Doug Kinch.

The Dublin writer penned his first song in his fifties, something which, as he says, took him completely by surprise.

"It just blew in out of nowhere," he explains. "I came down after a broken night, my head buzzing with lines, and started writing. It wasn't a project. I'd had no intention - or expectation - of writing songs. It just happened."

Two years on, his EP Songs From Last Year was released to showcase a selection of his songs.

He's worked with established professional musician and composer Josh Johnston and the four tracks on the EP are sung by renowned Irish singer Carol Keogh.

"I liked the idea of a female vocalist singing the songs," Kinch says. "Two were specifically written with a woman singer in mind anyway." The songs delve into big themes and extreme states of mind - such as obsession ('Hannah Jordan') and loss ('September Dry') and also the life of the artist ('Sketching for Lydia') - all invoked by original music and lyrics that give these variations on the classic torch song genre a contemporary twist.

His collaboration with Johnston has proved fruitful. The pair took Kinch's ideas for the songs and developed them musically, refining and polishing them over time to become the songs you hear on this disc.
Keogh's subtle, flexible vocals and sweet, sometimes melancholy tones complete the effect and combine with Johnston's arrangements to give the EP its distinctive sound.

Integral to this sound is a backing band featuring Josh on piano and organ, Patrick Groenland on acoustic and electric guitars and Cian Murphy on double bass.

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released March 24, 2019

Produced by Josh Johnston & Doug Kinch
Recorded & Mixed by Michael Manning
Mastered by Ciarán Byrne

Carol Keogh - Vocal
Josh Johnston - Piano, Electric Piano, Hammond Organ
Patrick Groenland - Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Cian Murphy - Double Bass

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Pianist / Singer / Songwriter from Dublin, Ireland 3 Solo CDs & 2 EPs available - new piano solo album to be released September 4th 2020

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