Rory Francis O’Brien – playing Cork County Hall for Culture Night
What you may need to know…
01. The name may ring a bell for lapsed observers of Irish noisemaking – Rory O’Brien, of Kerry post-rockers Ten Past Seven, has been continuously active during that band’s hiatus.
02. These days he flies solo under his full name, singing off-kilter balladry and observations, and as Dancing Bears, a project bringing together ambient acoustic work and béalcheol. He’s also been busy with nine-headed metal nightmare Kawtiks and the annual Dragon of Shandon parade every Hallowe’en on Cork’s northside.
03. Streaming above in its entirety is 2013 cassette release The Eve of the Ides of March, recorded live in Cork’s Fred Zeppelin’s and featuring electrickery from fellow Leeside experimentalist James Fortune.
04. Performing next at Cork County Hall in Bishopstown on the 16th of September for Culture Night, alongside Crevice.
Verdict: A veteran of independent Irish music that continues to forge his own path, in his own time.