For nearly a decade late-night driving, couch surfing and service station dinners fuelled Corner Boy’s ever-evolving foot stomping ramble through the many pubs, clubs, rooms and ruins of every shape and size up and down Ireland and further afield.
As a result a collection of songs quietly willed their way into existence representative of this experience living and learning on the road and crafted by the associated peaks and troughs that come with the transient territory.
Fast forward to March 2020 and with the band’s 2002 Ford Transit van (Sheila) now indisposed a moment finally arrived for Corner Boy to record their debut album. Under the tutelage of producer Gavin Glass the band sought refuge in Orphan Studios and some 18 months later, emerged out the other side with a debut album in hand.
Very much the aural amalgam, the album explores in varying degrees combinations of folk, rock, traditional, bluegrass and alternative.
Accompanied by heartfelt lyrics as earnest as they are resonant.
The first single from the album is the sonically sprawling and anthemic ‘Blackstairs Winter Snow’ - due for release Friday 8th April.
‘From Trad to folk & heavy rock, matched with powerful heartfelt lyrics. A very impressive group, great things ahead for them, stadium superstars in the waiting perhaps
Ruth Smith, Simply Folk, RTE Radio 1, May, 2019