Sunday 5th February 2017
An intimate solo performance
Following a sold out National Concert Hall show in February 2013, Conor Oberst is set to play his first show in Ireland in four years when he comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in February 2017.
This incredibly special show will feature songs from both his upcoming LP, 'Ruminations', and Bright Eyes tracks.
The new record came about when Conor found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album.
Conor began publicly releasing music in 1994 at the age of 14. Those early recordings, made in Omaha on four-track cassette by Oberst and his friends, were an introduction to the work of a prodigious songwriter whose creative outpouring would soon be widely lauded. Writing and recording prolifically over the next two decades, first with his band Bright Eyes and later under his own name—and at special moments as a member of Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk—Oberst became known as an artist who “sees the world with fresh and fearless eyes.”
Oberst went to ARC, the studio he built with his Bright Eyes bandmate and long-time friend Mike Mogis, to record. With the help of engineer Ben Brodin, he recorded all the songs in the span of 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness, and they ultimately became the songs that comprise Ruminations. These tracks do not have the multi-layered instrumentation of the most recent Bright Eyes and solo albums: This is Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica; the songs connect with some of the rough magic and anxious poetry that first brought him to the attention of the world, while their lyrical complexity and concerns make it obvious they could only have been written in the present.