OVER the past few years you’d have a better chance of catching The Lost Brothers perform in New York or Glastonbury than you would in Omagh.
Following the release of their last album, ‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust’, The Losties have been on a constant tour that has taken them all over the globe – from Moscow to Rome, Paris to New Orleans, Woodstock to Berlin, and everywhere in between, including festival slots at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, SXSW and more.
So now, as the touring of that album is drawing to a close, it is fitting that they end their journey with a special homecoming gig in Omagh’s Strule Arts Centre next month, before they take time off the road to write and record the next album.
Many Ulster Herald readers will be familiar with the musings of one half of The Lost Brothers duo, Mark McCausland, from his weekly ‘Notes from the Boneyard’ column.
The other is Navan troubadour Oisin Leech. Together they have four highly acclaimed albums under their belt.
After recently performing alongside Elvis Costello in Dublin, it will be a welcome hometown gig in Omagh for Mark on September 8.
He said, “At the moment we are only doing a handful of one-off gigs and we won’t be touring properly again until we have the next record out in 2017.
“We’re trying to write new stuff at the moment so we’re taking time off the road to get into a different mindset, unless of course a particularly special gig comes up.
“Elvis Costello asked us to open for him in Dublin a couple of weeks ago, so we couldn’t say no to that! And we have a gig or two on the horizon with Glen Hansard, which is always fun, and a few things in New York with the poet Paul Muldoon.
“But apart from those, Omagh is our only show and we can’t wait for it.
“It makes sense to end the album cycle here, we haven’t played Omagh in years so it’ll be great to give the folks at home a good show!”
The Lost Brothers will be joined on the night by friend and collaborator, Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), and there is a possibility of some surprise guests and familiar faces turning up too!
“We’ll be playing songs from across our four albums and also throwing a couple of new songs into the mix. We can’t wait for it,” said Mark
• The Lost Brothers gig is in the Strule Arts Centre on Thursday, September 8. Tickets are available from the Strule Arts Centre Box Office 028 8224 7831 or online at www.struleartscentre.co.uk.
• To listen some of The Lost Brothers’ back catalogue, including ‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust,’ which Roddy Doyle described as “beautiful,” visit www.thelostbrothersband.com.
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