Marking his second solo album, singer-songwriter Niall Thomas will release Night Sky Blue on 6th April 2018. Following on from his debut release ‘Breathe Easy’ in 2013, the new ten-track album is a delicately refined and crafted collection of work.
Each song forms a snapshot of time drawn from personal experience and the surroundings in Dublin’s North Inner City, where he has lived for fourteen years. The songs are songs of place and shared experience. They move from licensed premises to coastal waters, hospital waiting rooms to burial grounds, from the invisible ladder through the great divide to the beauty and restorative qualities of nature. They celebrate the unwavering resolve of people to sew what has been torn and mend what’s been broken. Night Sky Blue explores the uncertain and fragile nature of our existence, the brevity of our time, the pressures that become too much for some, the heart ties that bind and sometimes unravel, the darkness and the light.
Recorded in The Guild, Stoneybatter, Dublin with thanks to Karl Odlum, Dave Hingerty, Kevin Murphy, Patrick Daly, Neev Kennedy and Ann Scott who lended their talent, their voices and their musicianship to these songs.
Joining Niall on the tour will be the eminent talents of Dave Hingerty (The Frames, Josh Ritter, Paul Brady) and Karl Odlum (The Mary Janes, Mic Christopher, Gemma Hayes) and a few surprise Guests along the way….
“Night Sky Blue is a heart-warming selection of tender songs about daily life, human resilience and love and loss in Dublin’s north inner city…….very pleasing shades of Nick Drake and John Martyn…. a moving paean to Dublin’s fair city, and life itself.”
★★★★ The Irish Times
“With an engaging vocal style, his songs are in the main melancholic and moving, with more shade than light; a fine sounding record”
“haunting ruminations on fate and possibility…. a cut above”
“vocals that have you hanging on every word…fantastic musicianship”
“with a musical style…. resembling that of John Martyn….captivating tunes and an effortless vocal style”
All songs written by Niall Thomas
Produced by Karl Odlum and Niall Thomas
Engineered and Mixed by Karl Odlum
Mastered by John Golden in Golden Mastering, LA
Niall Thomas: Guitar and Vocals
Karl Odlum: Bass and Programming
Dave Hingerty: Drums
Kevin Murphy: Cello
Patrick Daly: Violin
Neev Kennedy: Vocals on ‘Wait and See’ & ‘Burrow’
Ann Scott: Vocals on ‘My Oh My’
Album Artwork Design by Micky Kelleher at Pixelated.ie
Original Photograph by Niall Thomas
Official Online Release Date: 6th April 2018
CDS available from 6th April from www.niallthomas.com