The Hard Ground
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The Hard Ground are made up of Marlene Enright, Pat Carey, Hugh Dillon, Dave Duffy and Davie Ryan. Having come together from varying strands of the Cork music scene, the band recorded, produced and released their first album, Broken Conversations, in 2012, “An album that captures and keeps the listeners attention from start to finish, a really quality debut worth seeking out”. (Beat Surrender)
The band have spent most of 2013 touring Ireland and the UK, cultivating a following at home and abroad. The band's sound lies between roots rock and baroque pop, sometimes raw, sometimes layered, but always packing an emotional punch.
The Hard Ground are currently recording the follow up to their debut, to be released throughout 2014/15. Entitled Triptych, the album will be released in three stages beginning in April 2014. The three EP's will be released exclusively on digital at first, before culminating in the digital and physical release of the full album in early 2015
The Triptych project has emerged as a response to the challenges and opportunities that the rapidly evolving music industry has presented to both musicians and listeners. The project is aimed at bridging the gap between the listener and the band and, likewise, between the band and the industry - it is a real time project that will be influenced by our experiences over the duration of the year. Ultimately it will give the listener and fans a much more intimate view of the creation of the album as a whole, in varying stages of the process.
“…Classy Stuff and worth tracking down.”
- Jackie Hayden, Hot Press.
“’Pawn’ and ‘A Spirit Lament’ show the Cork quartet are quite different from anyone else active on the Cork circuit at the moment with Carey and Enright effortlessly switching vocals on top of quite lavish orchestration. Eager to hear more….”
– The G-Man (blog)
“….a sound that sits somewhere between Tom Waits and Lisa Hannigan. There’s even a touch of sinister songstress Anna Calvi about debut single ‘Pawn’, a song that’s equal parts sweet and sour.”
– Celina Murphy, Hot press
“Beautifully layered and contrasting vocals make Broken Conversations a truly tantalising listen, helping to cement The Hard Ground as one of the finest new bands to emerge out of Ireland in 2012.” - Journal of Music