Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You might’ve heard his song “The Kid” (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world - where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get you pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you’re not careful and where dreams that don’t come true still count.
His new album, “The Memory Wall,” draws on some veteran Nashville musicians including Dan Dugmore, Stuart Duncan and Kenny Malone. He even played a little banjo on it himself. The album has much more of a roots feel to it with pedal steel, dobro, fiddle and mandolin adding to his acoustic guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies from Melissa Greener and Celeste Krenz. Bass work was shared by his long time accompanist on the road, Mike Lindauer and upright acoustic player Bryn Davies. After 25 years of living there you can finally hear the Nashville on this one. “I’ve been wanting to make this record for a long time,” says Buddy. And indeed a few of the songs date back to his early days in Nashville, including a collaboration with Garth Brooks called “A Canary’s Song” about a coal miner transplanted to a city slum waking each morning to the sound of the bird he brought with him from home. But the album also stretches the context of the instrumentation. The first cut, “The Ugly One,” includes pedal steel and mando-cello but it grooves in 5/4 time and tells the story of an early cave artist. Mondlock wrote it in Ireland in the fall of 2011 with Galway songwriter Parisch Browne. “The Memory Wall” recieved a 4.5 star rating from Maverick Magazine and was nominated for an Independent Music Award.
Special guest on the night will be Pat Horgan, Cork based singer-songwriter. Pat wrote the theme music for the Creedon show on RTE Radio 1, a station for which he also wrote and presented a number of radio documentaries on Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Song Collectors and many other subjects! Pat is known to many as the vocalist with Cork based Dizzy Blues Band. He performs solo across Europe and the US. His latest project is a solo album of original material which was recorded in the Sound Emporium studio in Nashville with a group of players whose credits include John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Kings of Leon, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson and many others. The album, Tennessee Embrace, is now available online.