One of the finest song-smiths of his generation, Dublin-born Mark Geary is an intoxicating mix of spontaneous wit, charismatic storytelling and finely crafted songs reminiscent of those penned during the halcyon days of Dylan. Having spent the last 20 years between his native Ireland and NYC, where he cut his teeth on the music circuit, playing alongside the likes of Jeff Buckley at the renowned Sin-e cafe, he has garnered respect and attention from both audiences and fellow artists. Of Mark's time in New York, Time Out NY magazine said "His delicate songs about love and defiance recall Richard Thompson and John Lennon. one of the East Village's favorite adopted sons."
With now five studio and two live albums under his belt, 'The Fool' just released Fall 2017, touring and live performance are still Mark's lifeblood. And it is here where he truly excels. He has been featured on bills with musicians as diverse as Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Coldplay, The Frames and The Swell Season among others, as well as extensive headlining tours in Europe and the US. More recently he appeared in Switzerland with the Songs from Ireland: Old and New show, where he received critical acclaim:
From the outset it is impossible not to be charmed by Geary, who delivers both his music and his stories in unassuming and singular style. His natural humor and ability to read the moment, give his shows a uniqueness, leaving his audiences with the feeling that they have just experienced something very special.
Mark released his new album 'The Fool' this past October. A collection of well-honed lyrical songs with catchy hooks, Geary employs his trade mark method of capturing an image in each verse, a kind of musical story-boarding. He handles themes of parting, hurt, compassion, the desperation of desire and acceptance with a delicacy and artistry that few songwriters achieve with such poise. The songs range from easy tunes with smooth harmonies like 'Happy, 'Rosebud' with echoes of JJ Cale and the Van Morrison-influenced 'Dandelion', to more melancholic, poignant ballads such as 'Holding Fire' and 'Down in Front', and to rockier electronic-infused 'The Fool' and 'Frostbite' with its haunting chords and bigger production. The first single, 'Battle of Troy', a song about the recklessness of desire and the firestorm that follows.
Also appearing are Jenna Nichols and Brendan O'Shea.
Brendan can be heard in films as Ron Howard’s Academy Award nominated film "Backdraft" and in the wildly successful Karen Gehres documentary "Begging Naked". His songs are also featured on ABC’s docudrama "Boston Med". He shared stages with The Frames, The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, Cowboy Junkies, Elliott Smith, Loudan Wainright, and Interpol as well as other innovative contemporaries.
In 2007 Brendan became a founding member of Fairplay Collective, a unique endeavor in which songwriters come together to support and promote each other’s individual projects as independent artists. With Pete Olshansky and Karl Geary (Sin-e) Brendan began hosting a Sunday night concert series in NYC’s East Village called the Scratcher Sessions which features musicians from around the world.
O'Shea's current full length release is Midatlantic Ghost , is full of diverse landscapes, somewhere between Ireland and New York. Brendan’s wife, Jenna Nicholls, sings harmonies and lent her voice to its penultimate track, 'Southyrn Sky’ – a wonderful tribute to the legacy of Nina Simone.
A fine unpretentious album… a jazz infected ballad of the kind Randy Newman might record. - Hot Press Magazine
The music of multi-instrumentalist Jenna Nicholls has been turning heads since she arrived on the door step of the NYC' Lower East Side. Whether she’s crooning a jazz standard, belting out a New Orleans dirge or plucking 1920’s-style original ballads on her ukulele, she’s giving a vintage genre a new spin with her own lush nostalgic style and melodic sensibility.
Recently, Jenna has shared the stage with Oscar Winner Glen Hansard, Amanda Palmer, Lucius, Joan as Policewoman and the Larceny Chamber Orchestra. She has participated in GIG, a dance/ music collaborative performance choreographed by Whitney G-Bowley and Dana Moore (Bob Fosse), and performed worldwide in venues including The Gelsey Kirkland Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall.