Whats On

Sun 15th Oct
Cry Monster Cry and guest Sara Ryan
9 pm,€ €10

Change is inevitable. It’s the very essence of music. Times, tempos, rhythms, energies, moods, feelings. Music can present the exciting, the profound, the known and the new through these changes. Following on from the success of their debut album, “Rhythm of Dawn”, released to critical acclaim in 2015, Cry Monster Cry return with a sound that has changed.

The music still contains the tight fraternal harmonies, evocative lyrics and dynamic instrumentation that brothers Richie and Jamie Martin have become well known for, but a new presence is also acutely apparent. This time around, the band has harnessed the visceral, taking a direct and measured approach to song writing.

Their new single, “Thing We Can’t Take Back” is an example of this, both lyrically and musically. The track is announced with sparse bars of a solid, solitary drum beat before a brawny punch of piano, double bass and electric guitar kicks in. The song creates a series of spaces to tell the story, with an intimate vocal and honest lyrics over a beat and character that sits somewhere between R&B and folk. The chorus sees the brothers’ distinctive harmonies joining in, along with a swirling synthesizer that creates a simple and effective impression. The new material is raw, honest, and their most personal to date.

Sara Ryan

Sara's sound is made up of lyrics that tell raw and real stories, melodies that weave through emotion, vocal tone and style that resembles an angelic wind instrument, layered with production quality that gives her sound an electronic tint.

She found her love for music first in Newbridge , Co. Kildare where she spent her younger years in stage schools, musicals, choirs and traditional irish groups, where she then began to be inspired to write her own songs. She then moved to Wicklow and began gigging with bands and acoustically as a solo artist.

In recent years Sara has been performing in various venues such as The Cavern Club, Liverpool for Ian Prowse, Whelan's, Dublin, The White Horse Sessions in Kennys of Lahinch, as well as various venues in Cork City and County. She has also had prestigious support slots before Ye Vagabonds in Coughlans, Mick Flannery in Portlaoise, Martin Harley in Coughlans and and John Spillane in The Old Punch Bowl, Dublin. Her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin & Lisa Hannigan.

This year Sara released her Debut Single - "Belle" and won "Best New Comer" and "Best New Single" with the Sin E Radio Show on Dublin City FM, Ryan was listed as a woman who has made a contribution to Cork's musical history on Hot Press Magazine. Sara is currently in her final year of studying vocals in the B.A in Popular Music in Cork School of Music and is currently recording her album.

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