Summer 2009, Meath based band "Little Palace"
released their second studio album, titled "Invitation Time".
Two singles were subsequently released, the melodic and thought provoking
”Eviction” with shared vocals from Ann-Louise
Mulvany and Anthony Cregan , and the heart-felt ballad “Secret”,
featuring Colm Mac Con Iomaire of renowned Irish band
the “TheFrames”. Both singles received substantial
airplay across national radio.
The release of the album was followed by a very successful Irish tour,
taking in venues in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Louth and Meath.
“We really enjoyed being back on the road together ”
says drummer Ian Melady who incidentally also played with critically acclaimed
indie band “Turn” “because we‘d
taken a break from playing live for a few years we were all fresh going
in to it”.
With main songwriter Michael Brunnock now resident in
New York, recording and touring were never going to be easy. Bassist Anthony
Cregan says “the logistics of getting us all in the
same place were a bit of a nightmare, but the fact that we did it just
shows how much we really wanted it to happen” . And, happen
With sold out shows and rave reviews and even album of the week on RTE
The band play support to “Bell X1” in October
‘09 and plan to release "Beekeeper" from
the album to coincide with all October and November live performances.
Little Palace album “Invitation Time”
is available from usual outlets as well as from downloadmusic.ie
Ann-Louise Mulvany - Vocals
Michael Brunnock - Vocals/Guitars
Anthony Cregan - Vocals/Guitars/Bass
Martin Quinn - Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Keyboards/Producer
James Quinn - Piano/Keyboards
Ian Melady Drums/Percussion
David Butler - Manager
Main Site: http://www.littlepalace.ie
March 29th – Crane Lane, Cork
March 31st – Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 1st – Dolans, Limerick
April 3rd – The Spirit Store, Dundalk
April 4th – The Headfort Arms, Kells
April 7th – Whelans, Dublin
April 9th – The Backroom, Navan
In Dublin (Magazine)
LITTLE PALACE: "BEEKEEPER"
Mark Eitzel fronting the Cowboy Junkies. Little Palace are aware that
less often means much, much more, and are unafraid to explore the [----ness]
between the lines. "I wish I had a hammer/ I'd stick it in your brain/
To control is to be controlled…" The Beekeeper EP is the sound
of a mind teetering on the edge of madness, and looking forward to the
fall. Simultaneously warm and chilling, this is a sumptuously confident
Single of the Fortnight
LITTLE PALACE: "CAR"
Traces of The Mama and The Papas and, lyrically, Dylan during his
surreal mid-'60s phase. An incendiary mixture, if ever there was one,
eh?! Little Palace's second single has much more going for it, of course,
than the mere citation of influences. As ever, the standard of Michael
Brunnock's writing is miles above the ordinary, full of gloriously original
and oblique metaphors about the panic of ambition and the loneliness of
human beings. 'Car' is notable, too, for the turbo-charge in singer Ann-Louise
Mulvany's vocal engine. Few bands get as much into their tunes with such
Hot Press Live Review
Eamonn Dorans, Dublin
WHEN YOU consider the quality of Little Palace's debut EP, Beekeeper,
it's hard to believe that tonight is only their fourth gig. The buzz going
around about this lot is also more than just a rumour. Their single sold
out in a matter of days after its release and Eamonn Doran's is packed
to the proverbial gills. As if aware of all the expectation, the band
themselves look nervous, Michael Brunnock, in particular, seems paler
and more gaunt than usual. A hushed awe descends on the place as Little
Palace open with the title song to their debut single. It sounds utterly
When they sing together, Little Palace are reminiscent of a rockier, harder
Mamas & Papas. They also swap lead vocals like they exchange styles.
Six songs into the evening, the most inexperienced (yet relaxed) member
of Little Palace, Ann-Louise Mulvany, goes solo on the powerful "Gift".
And near the end of this special evening, bass guitarist Anthony Cregan
obliges with a genuinely touching, perfectly-paced, lullaby-like rendition
of the tender-hearted "Secret".
Meanwhile, "TV", "With You",
"Puppet Show", "Things Today"
and "Empire", with Michael Brunnock alone at
the helm, flash by like nuggets of gold in a veritable treasure of glistening
Inevitably, there was the odd hiccup here and there, but, overall, Little
Palace were frighteningly good. It may sound like hyperbole, but nevertheless,
if they keep their heads, this lot are destined for greatness.