Paul J Bolger
“Renaissance man” Paul J Bolger’s first album in 25 years.
Stream/Download from Apple Music, Bandcamp, or Spotify at the links below.
The songs contained on this album are a mix of old and new. They were worked up from ideas and demos PJB brought with him when he went to visit producer Hugh Christopher Brown on Wolfe Island, Ontario in Summer 2018.
While the songs are not connected as such the underlying motifs of personal loss, tongue in cheek bravado and astutely observed stories tie the album together. Whether the writing reflects hidden or slightly vague truths or flights of fiction the songs work on singular concepts. The lyrics are clear and often conversational – a person recalling a past event, asking a question or speaking direct to a loved one lost or won.
If there any recurring themes to the record they might be love, life, death and most important of all — survival.
Celtic Rock legends Horslips coined the term “Bog Gothic” to sum the genre PJB explores with his song writing. This album is a testament to that — even if we are not quite sure what the genre is other than to say it more than tips its hat to Old World sensibilities set to New World sounds.
"...Up tempo acoustic guitar comes at us and has an awesome bass line with attitude running through it, vocally this is a cool strong performance with smoky undertones that just work, the arrangement has a nice combination with bass, violin, steel guitar and drums combining to bring together a well worked blues tinged classic number."
— Darren McIntyre, Jace Media
Release date: June 2020
Released on Wolfe Island Records in North America and Continental Record Services (CRS) in Europe.