- 15 Apr 19
The debut album from Kerry artist Junior Brother arrives next month.
Kerry artist Junior Brother has announced his debut album Pull The Right Rope, out May 24 via Strange Brew, and shared a new single, 'Full of Wine'.
Pull The Right Rope has been in the works for five years now, growing from a variety of emotions and experiences – positive and negative – to form the 9-track, 48-minute-long album. Junior Brother, aka Killarney native Ronan Kealy, has garnered a reputation for introspective, whip-smart lyrics and engaging live performances over the past few years.
Junior Brother expanded on the meaning behind Pull The Right Rope and its album artwork in a statement:
“This album's artwork was painted by Conor Campbell. The cover is based on the Tarot card image of 'Four of Cups'. When I saw this scene on a Tarot card, I thought the scene and meaning of the image fit with the tone and imagined landscape of the album. I sit on a knoll under a tall tree far away from the bustle of city life with my tambourine under my foot and my sock over my other. I am pale and quietly distressed, seen considering the three empty cups before me, looking to the listener.
"I appear not to notice the full cup handed to me from a strange cloud behind. Just as the listener must choose which emotion out of many on the album to take away, the artist on the cover must make the effort to turn and take the fourth full cup. With no words bearing the title on the cover, these cups do the job instead, a cup for each word. The Rope being the full cup, the effort to Pull being the effort to turn and Take it. We don't know if the figure on the front will do this or not. So, he looks to you instead to choose the right cup.”
Listen to 'Full of Wine' below:
2. Big House
3. The Back Of Her
4. Full Of Wine
5. You Will Know My Name
6. Purple Circle
7. I Told You I Would Leave
8. Girth & Plain
9. I Will Have To Keep An Eye On You And Win You Back When You Are Free
Junior Brother has several upcoming tour dates, including double-headlining gigs with Powpig. Check out the full list below:
JUNIOR BROTHER LIVE with Powpig (Double headliners)
April 17: Roisin Dubh, Galway
April 18: Grand Social, Dublin (as part of MusicTown)
April 19: The Kasbah Social Club, Dolans, Limerick
May 10-12: It Takes A Village, Cork
May 24: Odd Mollies, Drogheda
May 31: Limelight, Belfast
June 2: The Way Of The West, Cork
June 8: Central Arts, Waterford
July 6: Pot Duggans, Ennystimon
July 19: Knockanstockan
July 21: Trad & Folk Festival, Claremorris
September 6: Cork Opera House (Opening for The Proclaimers)
September 7: Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin (Opening for The Proclaimers)
September 8: The Waterfront, Belfast (Opening for The Proclaimers)