Brian Canavan has recently become Brian Canavan and the Difference Engine. We are currently completing tunes about Ernest Shakelton, Toast and Dead Superheroes. We are quirky and clever whilst possessing the best brass section in the city and a live show that has elements of quiz-show and drama combining for entertainment of the highest quality.
Lyrically our aim is to make the ordinary seem magical. Musically we simply write great melodies. The songs are a handbook on how not to get laid and how not to be popular
Our quiz, booze and love themed debut album entitled YOU’RE AN ELECTRON I’M AN ELECTON was released in 2008. It was recorded in a local studio in Balbriggan and was mixed by the Production Suite in Dublin. It is a blend of catchy pop melodies, swirling trumpet riffs and quirky lyrics. It is described by the Star as “inspiring, uplifting pop”, Live 95 in Limerick describe it as “an absolute gem” and Hotpress says “with all these singer songwriters in waiting it can hard to stand out from the crowd. Thankfully Brian Canavan does that and more. A genuine song-writing talent”. At the time Brian appeared on TV on the Last Broadcast then on 3e's Popscene.
The songs have recieved a large amount of radio airplay. Brian had single of the week on the Rick O’Shea Show on Radio2 for "CarolVorderman - Counting Me Down" which has received nearly 150,000 hits on you tube. He also performed live on the Ray D’Arcy show on Today FM, Breakfast Express on Spin 1038, Sunday Night Live on Dublins98, the Dave Heffernan Show on 4FM as well as Live 95 and Beat FM. The band played in Whelans in Dublin, the Stables in Mullingar, The Peace Festival in Tullamore Castle and Dolans of Limerick as part of the tour to promote the album.