- 14 Sep 18
‘Blues’ is the second single to be taken from New York native Shelley Bukspan’s forthcoming album The Bronx Age.
Best known as the voice of Mark McCabe’s megahit ‘Maniac 2000’ she has been active on the Irish music scene since moving here in 1986. Currently Head of Vocals in Dublin’s BIMM Institute, she teamed up with guitarist Ray Boyle (The Ultra Montanes) and producer Stephen O’Brien (Hal) to co–produce her new long player.
The nine tracks on The Bronx Age run the gamut from gospel and soul to prog and folk. The collection also includes debut single ‘Happy’, of which an instrumental version is featured in the upcoming film Blue Iguana, which stars Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell.
Shelley’s Irish music adventures include a successful stint in urban soul outfit Bird with Conor Brady of The Blades fame and Eamon Flynn (The Commitments). As well as extensive tv and radio appearancesm they were (most unusually) championed by Prince’s A&R, who used ’At Last Our Time Is Here’ from their EP Chances , on the Paisley Park answering machine. Over the years she has lent her vocal prowess to numerous artists including Mick Pyro (Republic of Loose), Bronagh Gallagher, Mary Black and Mary Coughlan.
‘Blues’ was recorded live as a four-piece giving the guitars and vocals a vital rawness and energy, which co-producer Stephen O’Brien transformed from a punk ballad to its current Bond theme-esque incarnation. Check it out below:
Blues by Shelley Bukspan out August 31st in AMS Records