- 08 Dec 17
Paddy Casey is back in the recording studio. This time, he’s teamed up with a group of young musicians – Joolz Jones, Kilian Petit and Jared Dylan – and taken himself off to Grouse Lodge, Co. Westmeath. Natalie Dyer talks with them about the art of collaboration, the stumbling blocks to recording, and what it took to bring Paddy back.
Midday. We’re en route to a sleepy part of Westmeath. The taxi man is taking me to a place where Michael Jackson and Will.i.am once retreated to work together. Grouse Lodge recording studio. I’m here to meet Irish music stalwart Paddy Casey, who has been off-the-radar for a long time, but is currently collaborating with Jared Dylan, Kilian Pettit and Joolz Jones.
This particular recording session was the brainchild of music executive Jason Rothberg. A well connected fella who recently moved over from Palm Springs with his wife (the daughter of renowned singer Donovan). He’s hoping to reestablish Paddy’s place in Irish music.
A few frosty, grass lined roads later and we pull into the courtyard. From there, I’m escorted to the hub of the recording studio. Stone walls are adorned with Persian rugs and there’s framed skull drawings modelled on icons ranging from Freddie Mercury to Gandhi. Endless feng shui.