Barry McCormack

Barry McCormack is a singer and songwriter from Dublin in Ireland. Jubilee Allstars, Barry's former band, were once aptly described as equal parts Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen and Brendan Behan; the records Barry contributed to before leaving the band were influenced by, and showed the influence of, the Irish song and literary traditions and American roots and punk rock. It was the former influences that were brought to the fore on Barry's debut solo album We Drank Our Tears (2003), which was critically lauded for eschewing the introspective, soul searching approach of most singer-songwriters in favour of songs inspired by the Irish storytelling tradition. Hot Press magazine called it 'A melting pot of Brendan Behan, Bob Dylan and Shane MacGowan...McCormack has created an album of contemporary folk songs rooted in a tradition that goes back generations.' Perhaps ironically, it was encounters Barry had with American musicians, touring as support with acts like The Handsome Family, Adam Snyder and Joe Pernice, that made him eager to explore the song tradition of his own country, just as Americans have been doing for years. The influence of The Dubliners and the Dublin street-singing tradition were apparent on Barry's second record, Last Night, as I was Wandering (2006), as well as his reading of local history. 'His city is a purgatorial stripmall facade of Nightown' said Hot Press, 'populated by ghosts who walk: Kelly, Kavanagh, Behan, Dylan, MacGowan, the brothers Pala...

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