Midnight Mission - Bill Shanley
"Ten new gems from ace Irish guitarist - Hot Press Magazine
Guitarist and record producer Bill Shanley released his second solo album "Midnight Mission in February 2019 on the Cauldron Music label and will be playing Irish dates with his band this June to promote it.
"Midnight Mission features ten original pieces with special guests Sir Ray Davies and Paul Brady. A collection of self-penned instrumentals covering a sonic palate inspired by the excitement and melodies of early electric guitar music from 50s rock and roll, 60s surf sounds to electronics, loops and samples and much more. It draws on Bills world class guitar playing and ability to write great, timeless melodies.
Bill Shanley is one of Irelands top guitar players and record producers. His unique style of playing has kept him in good company and established him internationally through touring with and contributing to albums by Ray Davies, Paul Brady, Mary Black, Roy Harper, Gilbert O Sullivan and more.
He has acted as Ray Davies musical director for the last 10 years more recently working teaming up with Minneapolis Alt-Rockers The Jayhawks on his last two albums Americana Act 1 and Act 2.
Being an accompanist has always been of key interest to Bill, enjoying the great scope and limitless backdrop one can create as a player for the artist they are working with. This skill was commented on in the Financial Times - "Is there a finer sideman around? Its unlikely...
Now Bill Shanley returns centre stage with the release of "Midnight Mission a potent display of technical wizardry and melodic compositional nous.
The Band :
Andrew Holdsworth - Keyboards
Anthony Noonan - Drums
John Fitzgerald - Guitar
Duncan Lutz - Bass
Carl Geraghty - Sax
Ronan Dooney - Trumpet
Plus Support Mide Houlihan.
Míde Houlihan is a Clonakilty bred singer songwriter, who has captured the hearts of many an Irish audience over the last number of years. With some high profile support slots including the likes of FRED and Canadian folk singer Doug Paisley, as well as international cult star, Jenn Grant, Míde has made a name for herself as one of Ireland’s brightest prospects.
Her debut album ‘Coloured In’ was released in 2015, with the lead single, ‘Nuts and Bolts’ winning the IMRO Christie Hennessy Songwriting Award. The album went on to receive an incredibly warm reception in the media as well as the general public, with most critics citing Míde’s honest, sometimes humorous, sometimes heart wrenching songwriting as a diamond in what can sometimes be a crowded scene.