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Bray Vista

– Sing My Darling -

::: The New Album Out Now on Sombrero Recordings ::: or "Myspace":

It’s been a long time coming, but Bray Vista are delighted to announce that our new album “Sing My Darling” is now on release. So far the response has been amazing:

"It would be a heart of stone indeed that would fail to melt on hearing this dazzling collection of old-time country music, played with love and zest...something truly unique and original...This album has an innate timelessness" 8/10 - Hot Press

"...these songs, steeped in the spirit of pre-Nashville packaging days, sound like the real deal..." 4/5 - The Irish Times

"Americana fans should check out Bray Vista hugely enjoyable "Sing My Darling". This nine piece from Wicklow in Ireland have made one of the most authentic slices of Americana to be heard outside the US. Neil Tobin's original song's span the full gamut of country songwriting from matters of the heart like the tender "Your Eyes" to tales of bad luck "Slim Pickings", there are jaunty numbers such as "Home". Neil splits vocal duties with Alison Byrne whose "You'll always Stray" is sublime."

We have again worked with the incredibly talented – and patient – producer Karl Odlum (David Kitt, Mic Christopher etc.), who recorded, produced and mixed this album for us in a variety of places from Dublin down to Kerry. His voice can be heard on some tracks along with other special guests Roesy, whose distinctive vocals grace the opening track, and Daire Bracken, fiddle-player extraordinaire who drops in on a few numbers.

We are also really happy to say that graphic designer Steve Averill – best known for his work with U2, Depeche Mode, Hothouse Flowers etc. has both designed the album artwork for us, and created a new logo for the band.

The recording process began in the latter part of the 2004, working over several months in both the Westland studio in Dublin and a remote West of Ireland hideaway. The album was then mixed in Dublin over a period of weeks to try to capture the authentic, original sound of the band.

This recording and mixing process went on well into spring 2005, and to achieve the authentic country sound the completed article was then sent to Nashville, Tennessee for mastering by Randy Leroy of Final Stage whose previous work includes the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Paul Brady, John Prine, Dave Alvin etc.

It’s been a long an interesting journey for us to make this album, but we think you will all be very happy with the results…….
The full tracklisting for the album is as follows:
1. Home

2. Keep On Keepin’ On
3. Your Eyes
4. You’ll Always Stray
5. Slim Pickings
6. My Good Man
7. Still Haunting Me
8. Dilly Road
9. Back To You
10. Heavenly Penicillin
11. When I Get There
12. The Last High Noon
13. Reprise

Bray Vista Are:

neil tobin vocals/guitar
alison byrne vocals
craig starkie vocals/harmonica
brian o’dwyer vocals/guitars
johnny evans guitar/pedal steel
gavin wheatley piano/organ
scott hannon drums
mick teehan vocals/bass
simon connolly vocals/mandolin/banjo


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In the first summer of the new millennium a group of friends got together to play some old time country music. The line-up evolved naturally and grew quickly, as old friends joined in with fresh ideas and new instruments. They soon realised they were beginning a journey of discovery into what country music was all about. Through listening to the likes of Willy Nelson, Steve Earle and a smattering of Appalachian Bluegrass, Bray Vista began to develop their own style of country music, always striving to stay true to that authentic country sound that they clearly love.

The band recorded a couple of mini-albums in the first couple of years, which were DIY, self-funded affairs, but it was their third mini-album which grabbed their first real recognition outside of their hometown environment.

The low key 2003 debut EP This Time Around – which was recorded in a mobile studio down the coast in Co. Wicklow - was greeted with enthusiasm by radio and print media alike, with Radio One’s John Kelly describing it as one of the essential releases of 2003, while Jim Carroll of The Irish Times described the band as having “a spirit and soul that would melt the hardest of hearts.”

During the rest of 2003 and into 2004, their live shows continued to gather a cult following, the particular highlight for the band being the opportunity to tip their stetsons to the great man in black himself, when they were invited to be the house band at the Johnny Cash tribute concert in Vicar St. Other ventures outside the garden county included the raucous Rhythm ‘n’ Roots Festival in Kilkenny, a nationwide tour with the weird and wonderful alt-country Handsome Family, and the after show party for Bob Dylan’s Galway show.

Bray Vista returned to the studio in 2004 to record the When I Get There EP, which was produced by Karl Odlum, and it came out that summer to whet the appetites of the faithful, while they awaited the release of the debut album.

The Bray Vista adventure is fast gathering momentum. So if you get the chance come and see for yourself what Bray Vista’s brand of country can do for you.

Keep It Country……….

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