Millar (formally known as "Dr.Millar") ,'Irelands greatest songwriter'
- Hotpress, takes to the boards after a year running
his community projects all over Dublin, with a trip around the country
in the company of two of Sweden's top female singer songwriters, Eva Hillered
and Lisen Elwin.
is an experienced singer and songwriter who is only now making her debut
as a solo album-recording artist. The material is country in Lisen's own
intimate, slightly melancholy style, written by Lisen herself with some
help from friends in Nashville. As a 17 year-old Lisen sang with the band
the Pushtwangers, and in recent years she's played live around Sweden
with her band the The Desert Boys. The album is called "Coming Home".UK
magazine "Americana" said recently that 'Lisen Elwin brings
sweet clear vocals to a Gillian Welch/Lucinda Williams hybrid' and that
neatly captures the essence of her
Having split from cult rock 'n' roll band The Cute Hoors in the early 90's, Sean a.k.a Dr Millar quickly established himself as one of Ireland's most respected songwriters.
His debut album "The Bitter Lie" was universally praised by critics as one of the most important Irish releases of all time and, within weeks of its release, led to Dr Millar being nominated in the Best Solo Male Performer category in the 1995 Hotpress / Heineken awards alongside such other luminaries as Van Morrison, Gavin Friday and Paul Brady.
By general media consensus, one of the high points of the In The City conference, hosted in Dublin in 1996, was The Songs of Dr Millar - a tribute night where a series of well known artists performed their own versions of the good Dr's songs.
In February of '97 the American national association of songwriters invited Dr Millar to play a series of shows in leading venues across Canada and the U.S, with live shows in Toronto, Nashville, and Atlanta simultaneously broadcast on major regional radio stations in those areas.
On his return he spent the rest of '97 working on songs for his second album. The recording of "The Deal", which began in January of '98, was completed in September. 1998 finished with the Sunday Times placing "The Deal" in its Top 5 albums of the year.
1999 began with an invitation to MIDEM, to perform onstage trading songs with Ron Sexsmith and David Poe at the famous Martinez hotel. This led to an invitation to put together the first ever Irish showcase at the Kerrville Folk Festival, a three-week long Jamboree of American and international acts held annually out in the Texas desert. Kerrville is 30 years old and has been described as "the American Glastonbury". August 1999 brought an invitation to Song Island, a week of writers performing on the beautiful Danish Island of Samso. Only three international writers are invited each year. This was such a success that the Dr was offered a lifetime invitation to attend Song Island.
In 2000, five years after its release, "The Bitter Lie" was included in the Today FM / Sunday Tribune's Top 50 Irish albums of all time.
Dr Millar spent the first half of 2001 performing as guitarist with the Kevin Gildeas - a massively critically acclaimed music and comedy act and in setting up one of the most successful music programs ever run for young people in Dublin's north inner-city. This project has seen kids, with no previous experience, composing and performing their own songs for the Taoiseach and the President.
Dr Millar is the producer and presenter of the hugely
popular Hot Press Hot
His last album "Always Coming Home" was recorded in Dublin between September and Christmas 2001. Its release prompted the Irish Times in its five star review to proclaim Doctor Millar an Irish national treasure. His song " hard years" has been chosen for the compilation album "Ireland. the greatest songs ever" which was released worldwide in 2002.
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