Armagh’s TERRY CONLON will launch his debut solo album ‘HOMEGROWN’ on September 1st. It features current single ‘Don’t lead me on’ & NEW single & video ‘I’m leaving’. Terry will launch the album with 2 shows – September 1st The Market Place, Armagh and September 2nd at Black Box Theatre, Belfast – tickets on sale now for both shows.
Terry spends most of the year touring the world – as a solo player and as part of Dánta on cruise ships off Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico. The Irish folk/traditional side of Terry’s music have also brought him to Co. Wicklow of late, playing and recording with Kevin Conneff of The Chieftains.
Terry returned home (a recurring theme on the album) to record with renowned local musician and producer Dave Molloy at Forkhill Studios, Co Armagh. Recordings began in April 2016 and the resulting album is brimming with memorable, well-crafted alt pop/folk songs. HOMEGROWN features all newly written tracks except for one Terry wrote when he was just 16. “One of the very first songs I wrote, ‘The Old Days’ is about moving away from my home town. Ironic that I was 16 when I wrote about ‘The Old Days’, to which a friend said, “What the hell would you know about the old days!” But I feel it’s a song that everyone, young or old, can connect to”. A few years after writing it, Terry’s performance of it scooped 1st prize at a songwriting competition in Armagh.
Coming from a musical family (Terry Snr a professional piano accordion player and Mother Oona a singer) has meant Terry Jnr has been steeped in music. Aged 7 he took up violin and piano, progressing to drums and at 15 joined his first rock band, cutting a demo of original songs in a studio in Hillsborough. An unexpected musical companion found Terry at age 16 – his first acoustic guitar. “My father came to collect me from band practise one day and in his hand, was a black hard case, containing a vintage, semi-acoustic guitar. I didn’t ask for it – maybe he just needed some backing at the trad sessions!”. Alongside his musician father, Terry learnt his trade by playing Irish trad & folk sessions “It’s amazing how much you can learn from playing sessions – they’re definitely part of the foundations that make me as a musician”.
Terry plays with different projects including BÓTHAN, a five-piece folk & trad group playing guitar, percussion and voice and he plays with piper and flute extraordinaire, Paddy Martin. He spends the year touring the world – solo and as part of DÁNTA alongside button row accordion player Daniel Murphy, an all-Ireland winning musician he met at the Sligo Fleadh. They play a blend of folk & trad tunes and original material. In 2015, they joined Princess Cruises, sailing out of Vancouver along the coast of Alaska. Soon after Terry joined Emerald Princess in Fort Lauderdale “I snapped up the opportunity and did an amazing 6 months on my own, sailing around Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras. Performing every night is the best experience for a musician.” In his spare time on the liners, Terry began preparing for his debut album. It took 8 months in the studio with Dave Molloy at Cellar Club Studios “I jumped straight into studio with Dave. We worked in harmony and bounced off each other and I’ve gained so much working alongside him”.
Terry continues to gig internationally with recent shows in New Jersey and across America and a highly successful 2-month stint in London, playing with Dánta. The Irish folk/traditional side of Terry’s music have also brought him to Co. Wicklow of late, playing and recording with Kevin Conneff of The Chieftains, and his songs have gained him supports with Declan O’Rourke. Upcoming concerts will take the young Armagh man to the north and south of Ireland, London, Bulgaria and back to the States.
Live Dates: Tickets on sale now for both shows