Cathal Coughlan (musician)

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Cathal Coughlan is an Irish singer songwriter, formerly of Microdisney, and The Fatima Mansions. His work with both bands has received much critical acclaim, as has his solo material.

Professional career[edit]

His lyrics focus on politics, the seamy side of relationships and the interplay between the two, utilising surreal imagery and literary and historical references, he also uses a variety of musical styles, including neo-classical and techno. He has recorded with comedian Sean Hughes as "Bubonique" releasing a number of CDs parodying current musical trends including "20 Golden Showers" and "Trance Arse Volume 3".

His voice has prompted comparisons with Scott Walker, whom Coughlan considers a major influence,[1] as a solo musician, he has completed five albums, the most recent of which is Rancho Tetrahedron. His first album, Grand Necropolitan, is available to download for free from his website. Coughlan is based in London and has become increasingly involved in musical theatre; in 2006 he was described in The Irish Times as the 'genius of Irish rock'. He was the subject of the documentary 'The Adventures of Flannery' which had screenings in Cork, Belfast, Dublin and further afield.

In August 2010, Coughlan released the album Rancho Tetrahedron, credited to "Cathal Coughlan and the Grand Necropolitan Quartet", the Irish Times noted that "Coughlan's mixture of acerbity and dark lyricism is sustained on his fifth solo album, that there is a subtle Latin influence on the music, and Coughlan's Scott Walker inflected voice has never sounded better."[2] Earlier in the year Coughlan had also duetted with Dave Couse on the song "Good Friday" from Couse's Alonewalk.

In 2011, Coughlan began a collaboration with the British singer-songwriter Luke Haines and the writer Andrew Mueller, resulting in the live song/speech show The North Sea Scrolls, for a premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011. The studio recording of The North Sea Scrolls was released November 2012.

On 27 November 2017, it was announced that O'Hagan and Coughlan would reform Microdisney for a one-off concert in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 2 June 2018. Coughlan subsequently stated on his website that due to the sellout of the Dublin show, they would be performing a one-off in London as well, they are scheduled to perform the album The Clock Comes Down The Stairs in full.[3][4]



Fatima Mansions[edit]





  1. ^ Gildas. "Cathal Coughlan: Black River Falls". Retrieved on 9 April 2008.
  2. ^ Gleeson, Sinéad (30 July 2010), "Review of Rancho Tetrahedron", Irish Times, retrieved 5 August 2010 
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