Dublin, County Dublin
Songs by Gavin Prior (United Bible Studies,Toymonger) and Suzanne Walsh (ex-Noland Folk, duo with Brian Conniffe), string arrangements by Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh.
Sabre Series originated when Gavin Prior and Suzanne Walsh both found themselves recording in the same isolated cottage in the Tipperary hills. They were surrounded by horses and wilder creatures and nocturnal presences which found their way into Prior’s composition ‘The Shivering’. Sabre Series songs, written by both Prior and Walsh, tend to be concerned with the fleeting moments when the subconscious and external worlds push against and illuminate eachother.
Sabre Series evolved when Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh was asked to play some viola then started writing string arrangements which lead to Fiona Lucia McGarry (violin) Siobháin Kelleher (Cello) joining.
Singer and accordionist Suzanne Walsh has a background in fine art which informs her writing, as well as an interest in performative styles, improvising and sound work within a fine art context which leads to exploratory vocal delivery. Her writing also is a place to explore her Large Hadron Collider fangirl obsessions.
Listeners will hear echoes of folk and torch songs but Prior’s chord choices and Nic Oireachtaigh’s string arrangements keep edging things forward. Gladly at odds with current trends of mumbling vagueness and emotional detatchment, these are living, breathing songs, tremulous and lived in the shadow of the L.H.C !!!