H O M E T I M E is the name under which Dubliner Tony Kavanagh releases music. A range of songwriting partnerships over the years has seen him amass a diverse back catalogue of songs, some of which form the basis of debut album, PAST IMPERFECT. The first taste of that album comes in the form of the lead single GRATITUDE, which was released in January.
This project is entirely self-funded and HOMETIME/Tony has been working with producer, Seán Hurley, in his Dublin studio, Little Bear. “Sean co-wrote GRATITUDE with me. He’s actually a rock guitarist – from rock band, DC Tempest – but this connects him with his inner pop fan.
“I wrote seven of the other album tracks with Gavin Murphy. We performed together for a few years and he’s now "Johnny Marr" in his Smiths tribute band, These Charming Men. I’m proud to have co-written some of the songs on his forthcoming album, including the first three singles. My own tracks have come some distance from those more organic, guitar-based roots, and I think it's a testament to the strength of these songs that they work so well in diverse settings.
“And why HOMETIME? Well, my name is so common that I knew I'd need a more distinct identity. Having used Hometime as an online handle for years, it seemed natural to apply it here too.”
Renowned New York producer/songwriter/music historian/label executive, Vinny Vero, has been generous with his praise for Gratitude:
“Wow! That opening lyric grabs you by the throat. And you SELL it! Full price – no discounts. Several things went beautifully into orbit. Your voice, the delivery, the honesty, the simplicity, the feeling, the production, the lyric. That classic piano chord cycle at the end of the chorus takes a quick turn you don’t expect and it’s glorious.”