Winter 2012 in the railway town of Lennoxville, two hours east of Montreal. Mick D’Arcy begins to explore the process of emigration from his native Ireland. A collection of songs are born forming the early identity of Corner Boy’s folk/roots rock sound. Travel & live shows across North America ensue but time catches up. D’Arcy returns home to his native Wexford in the South East of Ireland, songbook in hand.
Attracting the attention of local musicians; Cian McGovern (Accordion, piano), Michael Sutherland (Drums), Matthew O’Brien (Banjo, guitar) and Leo Staples (Bass) Corner Boy is formed.
Touring extensively in Ireland, the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East, their music receives widespread national/international radio and television acclaim. All 4 of their early singles (‘Ghost Town City’, ‘True North’, ‘Morning, Morning’ and ‘Untie the Noose’) reach #1 in the Irish iTunes folk charts with their single ‘Morning, Morning’ also charting at #1 in the Dutch world music iTunes charts. They feature at Ireland’s largest music festivals including; Sea Sessions, Indiependence, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and Electric Picnic.
‘Goodbye Old Holy’ is the first single from Corner Boy since May 2015 and is available from 1 June 2018. To celebrate the new release, Mick and Matthew popped into WLR for a Drive Home Live Session. They performed an original piece ‘Moira Under The Pale Moonlight’ and a cover of George Ezra’s Budapest.
Listen back to the Live Session in full here.