Australian gig news

ANOUNCEMENT:
Friday 27th April : Packenham Arts Space, Freemantle, Australia.

Cork!


Announcing a special run of Cork gigs in September. Contact each venue for tickets. See you on the road.

News: Late Late


The Lost Brothers will perform on “The Late Late Show” Ireland. Friday March 23rd. 9.30pm RTE 1 TV. www.rte.ie

NEW SHOW : Dublin

Having sold out their Dublin show at The Sugar Club well in advance and due to demand, Irish band The Lost Brothers are delighted to announce a new Dublin live date Friday June 8 at the legendary Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin. Their newly released 5th album “Halfway Towards A Healing” has received widespread critical acclaim (4 stars in Mojo, 4 stars in Uncut, 4 stars in Q, 4 stars in Record Collector, 5 stars in The Mirror and 4 stars in Hot Press).

 The new album was recorded in Tucson Arizona with Howe Gelb at the production helm and features guests such as Steve Wickham from The Waterboys. With their recent Irish tour seeing sell out dates, early booking is advised for this Dublin date June 8.
Tickets onsale February 7th at 9am

REVIEW: Record Collector

The Lost Brothers
Halfway Towards A Healing ****
Bird Dog BDR006 (CD/LP)
Clearly in rude health, despite that title.
The frequent elusive alchemy of instrumental skill, vocal prowess and quality song writing is something to treasure. Fortunately, Irish duo The Lost Brothers (Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland) have all three ingredients by the lorry load. They display their formidable skills to fine effect here, their fifth LP. Produced by Gabriel Sullivan and Howe Gelb, it’s an unhurried work, where wonderful close harmonies weave patterns around tender, evocative songs.
A variety of themes run through these 12 tracks, be it a sense of loss, the passing of time, or flicker of hope. The opener, Echoes In The Wind, is an elegant reflection on life’s ephemeral nature, with beautifully structured percussion providing a spectral pulse behind discreet instrumentation. The title track offers a similarly slow-burning power, driven by those superb harmonies. Grace and dignity abound throughout, such as on Iron Road’s fragile optimism or Summer Rain’s sweeping emotions, where Jon Villa’s expressive trumpet playing is one of the highlights. By contrast, there’s room for some drool humour on the finale, The ballad Of The Lost Brother.
This quietly confident album trusts listeners to take their own emotional lessons but in any case offers some poignant scenarios to consider. A thoughtful and subtle gem.
Steve Burniston

REVIEW : The Daily Mirror

The Lost Brothers
Halfway Towards A Healing *****
The Losties have made a spectacular and deepening advances with each release and this, their fifth outing is a landmark work. The input of producer Howe Gelb helps but the ravishing harmonies and skillful certainty of The Lost Brothers – Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland – guide songs of dark hope and painstaking regeneration. Kingpins of excellent noughties bands The 747s and The Basement, the Irishmen show the stunning reward that open-minded dedication can recap. Tears of joy and sorrow flow – simply sublime.

REVIEW : Sunday Business Post

The Lost Brothers
Halfway Towards A Healing (Bird Dog Records)
For ten years, Irish musicians/songwriters Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland have been on the fringes, a persistent if non-mainstream presence whose music is more under the radar than unappreciated. Across a series on inconspicuous albums – including this, their fifth – their music functions as a conduit to earlier pre-pop times. The Everly Brothers have always been a clear influence, and while that hasn’t drastically changed there’s little doubt that Halfway Towards A Healing has a more personal tone to it. There is also a scorched sensibility to the album that directly references its place of recording (Dust and Stone Studios, Tucson, Arizona) and its producer (Howe Gelb, as grizzled and a maverick a sound technician as you can imagine). Right on the money, however, are the lyrics, which run in parallel with the confidential, nimble temperaments of the best tracks. the likes of More Than I Can Comprehend and Nothing’s Going To Change Me Now are direct pleas from the heart, while the final track, The Ballad Of A Lost Brother, see Gelb deliver an impromptu spoken-word performance that echoes the album’s overriding sense of barely glimpsed hope. A beauty.
**** TCL