Gemma Hayes brings it all back home with a concert in The Village, showcasing songs from her new album, The Roads Don't Love You with support coming from Choice Music Prize nominee, Joe Chester.
Gemma Hayes rose up through the ranks of the Dublin music scene in the late '90s, introducing her well-crafted songs and engaging stage presence with spell-binding performances in The International Bar and Whelans.
Word got out and soon Hayes was being courted by a number of record companies and decided to sign to France's Source label. Critics sat up for Hayes' first release, the five track EP, 4.35am and musicians of the calibre of David Gray and Mark Eitzel asked her to tour with them.
Enlisting the talents of Mercury Rev's producer, Dave Fridmann, Hayes began recording live favourites like "I Let A Good Thing Go", "Work To A Calm" and "Lucky Haze" for her debut album, Night On My Side.
After receiving rave reviews and touring her album around the world, Hayes settled down to write her second album. But she found it very difficult and decided to decamp to the splendid isolation of Ventry in Kerry to cure her writer's block. Hayes gradually began to piece her new album together but then she had to find musicians and a recording set up, so she moved to LA.
In LA, Hayes tracked down guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, bassist Cedric LeMoyne, keyboard player, Roger Manning Jr. and drummer, Joey Waronker to help her record her new album. When she found out Waronker had co-produced one of her favourite albums Lisa Germano's Lullaby For L Liquid Pig Album, she asked him to take over production duties for The Roads Don't Love You.
Returning to the capitol with a new, brasher West Coast sound, this concert in The Village on the 6th of July is an excellent opportunity to hear Hayes' new songs.
From Dublin Links