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Irish music is littered with stories of innovation and hidden legacies, lost to time and forgotten.

One artist, an Irish emigré returned home, is preparing to rectify his case.

Writes Rohan Healy:

Hanging in the Bridle Bar of the Áras an Uachtaráin (Official Residence of the President of Ireland) are the framed, original, hand-written lyrics of one of David Virgin’s songs.

He was instrumental in the creation of industrial music in the late ‘70’s with his group SPK. He has lived the world over and in a career spanning four decades has performed with the likes of Mary Black, Nick Cave, INXS, Lloyd Cole, Billy Bragg and Cat Power to name a few.

David now lives permanently in Dublin, the town of his birth, and in summer 2017 will release “The Beautiful Album” through Beardfire Music, backed by his sons, now of The Dublin City Rounders. The family trio will also take to the stage for a select number of live appearances to launch the album upon its release.

Ahead of the full album in summer, the singles “Love Comes” and “Rock N Roll” are out now and available to purchase on Bandcamp, and the music video for “Love Comes” was released online.

David Virgin