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In March 2009, Meath based band "Little Palace"
released their second studio album, titled "Invitation
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 "Frames". 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 it did! With sold out shows
and rave reviews and even album of the week on RTE radio 1.
Little Palace went back into the studio in 2008
to record some songs written by Michael Brunnock.
"They were good songs and we all felt that there was unfinished
business, so why not!" says Michael. These recordings
became "Invitation Time" the new album
from the band.
Previously they had released two very successful
E.Ps. The debut "Beekeeper" featuring
the song "Gift" produced by "Dead
Can Dance" main man Brendan Perry,
and the follow up "Car" which were both
accompanied by extensive touring of Ireland, several dates in the
U.S and some shows in Paris, France.
Long term member and co-producer Martin
Quinn says of the new record "This is some of
the best work we've ever done and it all came together pretty easily!"
The new album features a re-working of the very
popular song "Secret" with a fine piano
performance by James Quinn, also a member of the
band since day one, and additional strings played by Colm
Mac Con Iomaire of the Frames.
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