January news

January 15, 2011

My January newsletter is online! You can view it here.

Included in it are details of my live WFMU performance this coming Monday afternoon, 1pm EST / 6pm GMT. You can listen to the show live on WFMU or if you’re in the US, on 91.1 FM on your radio dial. I’m thrilled and excited about this show, the host is the lovely Irene Trudel of WFMU and WNYC and we’ll be playing a bunch of songs from Copenhagen and chatting with Irene. It’s going to be a blast.
My live New York debut will be on Friday the 21st January at Pianos on Ludlow street at 8pm sharp. Hope to see a generous gathering of the lovely people of New York city there…

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Cluas, Freshly Squeezed review

January 11, 2011

From a recent review of Copenhagen in Cluas magazine:

…Offbeat, edgy and refreshing. There’s a lot to like about Lucy Foley. She doesn’t seem to fit neatly into any genre, the whole album seems interwoven into a tapestry… this is one album that is best enjoyed as a whole.

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Live in January!

January 09, 2011

Live gig alert!

I’ll be playing my first gig in NYC on the 21st January in Pianos on Ludlow street at 8pm sharp EST. Admission is $10 for the night, which includes entry for 3 other bands.

On Monday 17th January I’ll be playing live and chatting with Irene Trudel on her radio show on WFMU at 12 noon – 3pm EST, 5 – 8pm Irish time. Making Circles was one of Irene’s “favourites of 2010” on her show that aired on December 27th, you can hear the whole show here, and of course the show I record with her on the 17th will be available in the WFMU archives after it goes out live, too.

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Band of the Month

December 19, 2010

I’ve been named ‘Band of the Month’ for December at The Mutation, an Irish culture magazine! TItled “Lucy Foley, the magic realist”, you can read the full profile here.

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Interview with “Bitches on a budget”

November 04, 2010

I was interviewed recently for the Bitches on a Budget blog, which went online this week.

They said:

We love her Irish poetic songwriting style. Her gorgeous voice evokes the Sirens from Ulysses or stories kept secret long ago and never told.

I said:

You do need a kind of faith, though. I don’t mean a religious faith. I mean the kind of faith Lou Reed is talking about when he said, “you need a busload of faith to get by”. It’s hard, working in obscurity. You don’t always have the faith you need to get by, and so you need courage, and you don’t always have that either. And I think most people are trying to learn about that.

I talked about my process of writing songs:

I wrote Kiss You Free (the first single from the album) beginning with the image of “a fresh bunch of longings on your table”. I loved that idea, a bunch of longings sitting in a bowl like a bunch of grapes, and being offered them by the object of my desire, and taking them home with me, until I called to his house again. I found that hilarious in a quiet, dark sort of way. Often an image will be at the heart of a song, and then as I write the song, the story elaborates, and becomes almost cinematic, very pictorial… My songs and my photographs are populated by the same people, people who look like they are living in old fairytales but they are real, complicated, alive… Sometimes it’s a question of getting a glimpse of an intimate moment in somebody else’s life, when no one else is looking.

Read the full interview here.

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November news

November 01, 2010

It’s been a crazy week! On Tuesday, the truly legendary critic Roger Ebert wrote an incredible endorsement of my work on his Chicago Sun-Times blog describing my music as having “a purity and heartfelt clarity”, and since then there’s been a flurry of activity surrounding the record. This weekend I was interviewed live on the Good Morning Ireland show on WCEV in Chicago, they played It’s a Tangle and I talked about my music and internet serendipity. I’m hoping to get a copy of the interview soon and I’ll be posting it here as soon as I get a link.

In his post about my work, Roger also embedded my two part video project, This is Where, part one of which is this:

In more radio news: Irene Trudel of WFMU played Kiss You Free last Monday and has very kindly invited me to come on her show to play and chat live when I am next in New York! I’m really excited about this, Irene has a cool show and she plays such great music.

I am so busy. I’m running this whole show by myself and I’ve been glued to my laptop for months so I’m just really looking forward to getting back over to New York and rehearsing with my band really soon…

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Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

October 29, 2010

I have some incredible news about Copenhagen today. A series of extraordinary events happened this week, that led to Roger Ebert writing about my music and photography, yesterday. His piece in the Chicago Sun Times is here.

A few days ago, someone emailed the renowned writer and critic Roger Ebert one of my photographs, with no context and no idea of who took it. This photograph is called Sit Down Please and it features in the booklet accompanying my album! I took the photo in Copenhagen a few years ago, on the pedestrian street called Strøget. I had seen this girl perform before, playing uncanny music on a glass harmonica that she played by running her fingers deftly and delicately over the tops of wine glasses filled with varying amounts of water, each one making a different tone. This was the first and only time I saw her perform like this, with the clown on her back, dancing – to my mind – poignantly, to imagined music. It has always been one of my favourite of my own photos,

Roger posted the photo on his Facebook wall with the message that he was very, very intrigued by it. After a day or so, someone who knows my work noticed it there, and emailed me about it. It was quite a surprise to see my photo posted on Roger Ebert’s Facebook wall, and I got in touch, with links to my music and more of my photographic/video work.

He had a profound response to my work! He posted Copenhagen to both his fan and personal Facebook walls, and yesterday, he wrote a beautiful, generous piece in his Chicago Sun Times blog about my music and my photographs. He has called my music “pure, fresh, elating” with a “heartfelt clarity”. I’m so moved by this! In some respects of course, in the month that I release my album, you could say, obviously, it’s great exposure, and it might well send my work far further afield than it has ever been before. And honestly, if that does happen, I could not be happier. Every artist wants that for their work. Knowing that people respond to and care about your work is the oxygen that allows the creative process to live and grow and breathe, like fire. And that’s really what this means to me, today. The fact that someone saw one of my photographs and it captured his imagination, and then heard my music and it went straight to his heart, and so generously used his position as one of America’s most highly regarded critics to share that work with the world. I think this kind of

In other great news, Kiss You Free, the second song from the album, was played on WFMU by Irene Trudel, on Monday. This is the same track that was played on BBC Radio‘s Across The Line show a few weeks ago.

So it’s been a good week, and an extraordinary tale of serendipity on the internet.

Meanwhile, I’m planning a tour!

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October 28, 2010

I have an extraordinary tale to tell today about how Roger Ebert discovered the music of an Irishwoman called Lucy Foley, living in Co. Clare, and wrote a beautiful appreciation of her music and photography in his Chicago Sun-Times blog this week.

It is a remarkable story of internet serendipity, music, mystery and the wonder of the internet.

A series of extraordinary events happened this week, that led to Roger Ebert writing about my album, Copenhagen, and my photography, in his blog in the Chicago Sun-Times, on Tuesday. He has called my music “pure, fresh, elating” with a “heartfelt clarity”, titling the piece, “Do you know the wonderful Lucy Foley?”

This story began just a few days ago, when someone emailed Roger one of my photographs, with no context and no idea of who took it. Roger described the image as “haunting” him, and he posted the photo on his Facebook wall, clearly intrigued.

This photograph is called Sit Down Please. I took it in Copenhagen a few years ago, on the pedestrian street called Strøget. I had seen this girl perform before, playing uncanny music on a glass harmonica that she played by running her fingers deftly and delicately over the tops of wine glasses filled with varying amounts of water, each one making a different tone. The night I took this photograph was the first and only time I saw her perform with the clown on her back, dancing – to my mind – poignantly, to imagined music. It has always been one of my favourite of my own photos.

The photograph is in the booklet of my Copenhagen CD, and all the artwork in Copenhagen is also available with every download of the full album from my music page.

After a day or so, someone who knows my work saw it there, and sent me an email, asking if I knew anything about it? I didn’t! And I was completely astonished to see my photograph in such an unexpected context! I added my own comment to the thread, with links to more of my work, and he responded with this beautiful, enthusiastic piece on his blog. This is exciting and cool, but it’s also an amazingly generous gesture from one of America’s most legendary critics. I’m really moved by this. It’s incredibly encouraging.

And on the same day, Kiss You Free, the second song from the album, was played by Irene Trudel on WFMU. This is the same track that was played on BBC Radio’s Across The Line show a few weeks ago, and I continue to get positive responses from stations including New York’s WFUV, Pittsburgh’s WYEP, and WORT, Madison WI.

Meanwhile, I’m planning a tour.

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BBC Radio play

October 04, 2010

Kiss You Free played on BBC Radio!

I’ve just discovered that Kiss You Free, the second track on Copenhagen, was played on BBC Radio’s Across The Line show on September 20th, in the company of Arcade Fire, Prince and the Flaming Lips! Way to go!

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“Copenhagen” is released today!

October 01, 2010

“Copenhagen” is released today!

Like punchdrunk October flies in pointless rapture
Dancing one final dance before the capture
We are awkward and shakey as we move closer
We only want to fling ourselves down

from Making Circles, Copenhagen

Copenhagen is now available for digital download and CD purchase on my Bandcamp-powered site, aswell as being up on iTunes and Amazon MP3.

This album has really been a labour of love for Ross and I. We’ve made it over the last 2 years, and really I started writing the songs a few years before that. I feel so lucky to have found such a creative soulmate in Ross, we work so well together. I’d like also to thank Andrew Simone, who worked furiously long hours to code my website, and India Amos who so beautifully designed the CD booklet. Big cheers also to Tom Pope and Ethan Winogrand, magnficent drummers both, who played on this record from either side of the Atlantic freaking ocean. Thanks to everyone who has shown their enthusiasm and support and encouragement. You loving the record is what it is all about.

So this is the time to spread the word. You can go out into the street and shout about it, or if you are more mild mannered you might consider dropping a link into your Facebook or Twitter feed, or blog. Forward this email to your friends! (They can also sign up to my mailing list)

Easy ways to spread the word: embed my music player on your blog or facebook page!

On my music page, just click the ‘share’ button and grab the code, it’s as easy as embedding a youtube video. You can also just link to it on Facebook and the player automatically shows.  It is now also possible to embed the entire track list, which is better for blogs than facebook, but lets you choose which songs you want to listen to without having to skip over anything. A bunch of you have already posted the link and player to your Facebook page and thank you so much for your support, now’s when it’s really needed!

Finally, just a note or two about the great Elsewhere On The Internet.

The 8 page booklet that comes with the CD is made from a vast archive of photographs I took in Copenhagen, North Carolina, Barcelona and New York, and they evoke the life I lived in Copenhagen. You can also see them in a flickr slideshow on my photo page, and more photos on my Flickr page. I’ve been posting photographs matched with individual songs from the album on Clusterflock all week, you can find them all in a row, here with more to come there over the next couple of days.

Keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter!

Copenhagen is the story of one girl’s adventures in a strange and cold land. And now it is awake.

Thank you all,
Love,
Lucy
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