The image for the cover of Breifne Holohan's newly re-released album "Entitled Untitled".
Most artists, working in whatever genre, have doubts about the quality of their past work. Some let it go and move on but others revisit old pieces again and again, constantly striving for perfection.
Drogheda musician Breifne Holohan obviously falls into the latter category. He spent his time during lockdown reworking an album that he first recorded in 2005-2006, featuring early compositions for electric guitar and electronics, and instrumental acoustic guitar music.
Having shelved the album for the last 14 years due to dissatisfaction with the recordings, Holohan spent the last three months of lockdown restoring and remastering the audio to breathe new life into the music and the result is an album called Entitled Untitled which he released on June 5th.
Breifne recalls the first launch of the album at a ‘Bagfull of Songs’ session in Sarsfield’s pub in the summer of 2006, the year he sat the Leaving cert.
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“Having recorded, mixed, mastered, designed, printed and packaged the cds myself, I headed down to Sarsfield’s pub in Drogheda equipped with guitar, a sports bag containing cds jewel cases and sharpie pen, overly optimistic about obligatory autograph signing.
“It was a fantastic night. I was beaming afterwards… and the lifespan of the album lasted as long as the gig!”
Since then he has become more and more unhappy with the album but he still felt strongly about the music.
“I played a few gigs early in 2020 and started performing tracks from the album again. This rejuvenated my interest in it and so I began a full audio restoration and remastering of the music.
“I also rebranded it with the above image: a picture of a wide-eyed, Jimi Hendrix obsessed me complete with complimentary psychedelic graffiti art by Garry Maguire (Artz) in the background. This pretty much sums up my music, my influences and me from that time.
Breifne Holohan is a composer and musician from Drogheda, County Louth. A guitarist and pianist, he is regular performer of his own work and has collaborated with several visual artists, writers, poets, dance and theatre groups.
In 2015 he released his debut album Eastern Passages, a selection of original compositions for electric guitar and electronics. Since 2016 he has been composing scores and sound design for the Abbott Dance Theatre in Newcastle, UK. Productions include Deeds Not Words and the award-nominated Launch Day, featuring original compositions by Holohan and music by Mark Knopfler. As producer and arranger he has made albums with My Fellow Sponges, Róisín Ward Morrow and Sean Mathews. He is the founding member of fusion/ambient project, six-string drum, as well as guitarist in traditional Irish duo, Uisneach.
You can play tracks from the album here: http://breifneholohan.ie/js_albums/entitled-untitled/
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