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Cathal Coughlan (singer)

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Name  Cathal Coughlan
Role  Singer

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Albums  The North Sea Scrolls, Grand Necropolitan
Music groups  The Fatima Mansions, Microdisney
Similar People  Sean O'Hagan, Andrew Mueller, Luke Haines, John Fell, David Bowie

Music director  Shooting to Stardom

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Cathal Coughlan is an Irish singer songwriter, formerly of Microdisney, and The Fatima Mansions. His work with both bands has received much critical acclaim, as has his solo material.


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Professional career

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His lyrics focus on politics, the seamy side of relationships and the interplay between the two, utilising surreal imagery and literary and historical references. He also uses a variety of musical styles, including neo-classical and techno. He has recorded with comedian Sean Hughes as "Bubonique" releasing a number of CDs parodying current musical trends including "20 Golden Showers" and "Trance Arse Volume 3".

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His voice has prompted comparisons with Scott Walker, whom Coughlan considers a major influence. As a solo musician, he has completed five albums, the most recent of which is Rancho Tetrahedron. His first album, Grand Necropolitan, is available to download for free from his website. Coughlan is based in London and has become increasingly involved in musical theatre. In 2006 he was described in The Irish Times as the 'genius of Irish rock'. He was the subject of the documentary 'The Adventures of Flannery' which had screenings in Cork, Belfast, Dublin and further afield.

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In August 2010, Coughlan released the album Rancho Tetrahedron, credited to "Cathal Coughlan and the Grand Necropolitan Quartet". The Irish Times noted that "Coughlan's mixture of acerbity and dark lyricism is sustained on his fifth solo album, that there is a subtle Latin influence on the music, and Coughlan's Scott Walker inflected voice has never sounded better." Earlier in the year Coughlan had also duetted with Dave Couse on the song "Good Friday" from Couse's Alonewalk.

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In 2011, Coughlan began a collaboration with the British singer-songwriter Luke Haines and the writer Andrew Mueller, resulting in the live song/speech show The North Sea Scrolls, for a premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011. The studio recording of The North Sea Scrolls was released November 2012.


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  • Everybody Is Fantastic - 1984
  • We Hate You South African Bastards! - 1984
  • The Clock Comes Down the Stairs - 1985
  • Crooked Mile - 1986
  • 39 Minutes - 1988
  • Peel Sessions - 1990
  • Big Sleeping House - 1990
  • From Daunt Square to Elsewhere - 2007
  • Fatima Mansions

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  • Against Nature - 1989
  • Viva Dead Ponies - 1990
  • Bertie's Brochures - mini-album - 1991
  • Come Back My Children - Compilation - 1992
  • Valhalla Avenue - 1992
  • Tima Mansio Dumps the Dead - Compilation - 1992
  • Lost in the Former West - 1994
  • Viva Dead Ponies/Nice Vines - 2007
  • Solo

    Cathal Coughlan (singer) Cathal Coughlan 1992 Interview The Fanning Sessions
  • Im' long Me Measaim (Split flexi-disc/CAFF1) - 1989
  • Grand Necropolitan - 1996
  • Black River Falls - 2000
  • The Sky's Awful Blue - 2002
  • Foburg - 2006
  • Rancho Tetrahedron - 2010 [#12 IRE Indie]
  • Collaborations

    Cathal Coughlan (singer) Cathal Coughlan at Kilkenny Arts Festival Microdisney
  • 20 Golden Showers - as Bubonique (with Sean Hughes) - 1993
  • Trance Arse Vol 3 - as Bubonique (with Sean Hughes) - 1995
  • The North Sea Scrolls - as The North Sea Scrolls (with Luke Haines and Andrew Mueller) - 2012
  • Soundtrack

  • The Last Bus Home 1990 - Johnny Gogan
  • The Bargain Shop 1992 - Johnny Gogan
  • Mapmaker 2001 - Johnny Gogan
  • References

    Cathal Coughlan (singer) Wikipedia

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