Declan Sinnott has lent his much sought-after production skills to Irish artists such as Mary Black, Christy Moore, John Spillane and Sinead Lohan. The resultant work endures in albums that shine with a timeless, untarnished gleam, being produced with an eye and an ear for lasting quality.
A brilliant multi-instrumentalist, Declan toured with Mary Black for many years. Fans of Mary Black will remember his passionate, committed playing - he was part of her ensemble for 13 years. In particular, fans will recall how he used to build an electrifying guitar solo in her great version of Noel Brazil's song, Ellis Island.
For the past 12 years or so, the West Cork-based musician and producer has been working and touring with Christy Moore, and their performaces together are master classes in musical subtlety and passion.
Years before Christy and Mary, the visionary Sinnott was part of the original line-up of Moving Hearts. Prior to that, in the late seventies, he formed a band with Jimmy MacCarthy called Southpaw. He was a founding member of Horslips in the early seventies. As a young lad, he learned some of his first guitar chords from fellow Wexfordian Larry Kirwan of Black 47 fame.
Now the 61-year-old musician has finally unleashed eleven songs (and one instrumental) on his debut solo album, I Love The Noise It Makes (Warner Music). He plays all the music himself, but the instrumentation is understated, and the focus is very much on the voice and the lyric. The album is co-written with Owen O'Brien.
" The idea that the person singing the song, wrote the song, has always seemed to me to be the ideal, " declares Declan. "I could never see myself recording an album of cover versions and that may be one of the reasons I was so slow to make an album. Many of the ideas for these songs came very intuitelly. . . .it was the reverse of my normal processs where I'm enthusiastic at first and then become more critical over time. So a lot of first attempts are what you'll hear on the album."
A particularly strong track is the quiet, Zen-vibey I See the World From Here, which explores the ideal of being content as you can be, wherever you are, rather than hankering for other places.
Despite Declan's now realised objective of getting his original songs out there in the public areana, there are nevertheless two American traditional folk-blues classics, Corinna Corinna and Circle Around The Sun on the new album. Meanwhile, the single, Sunshine In has been getting well-deserved airplay.
The final track, the mesmerising instrumental Orbit was in part inspired by the work of William Orbit. Sinnott's ears are open to all genres of music. He loves classical - Beethoven and Schubert - he is a country fan and is a particular admirer of Steve Earle and David Crosby. He listens to jazz and blues, but, as for his own album, I Love The Noise It Makes could best be filed under 'contemporary folk.'
Declan's dates are as follows:
October 2nd - MIDLETON McDaids
6th - BIRR Birr Theatre
11th - GALWAY The Crane
18th- SLANE Boyles.
20th - BALLYBOFEY Balor Arts Centre
21st - DUBLIN Whelans
25th - CLONAKILTY De Barra's
16th - COBH Sirius
18th - LIMERICK Belltable
24th - NAUL SEAMUS Ennis Centre
8th - CORK Triskel Arts Centre TBC
28 or 29 KILLARNEY INEC Acoustic Room
10 LISTOWEL St.Johns Theatre
11 KILLARNEY INEC Acoustic Room
12 CARRICK ON SHANNON The Chapel Sessions