Biog.

Over the last few years, Belfast artist ​Rory Nellis​ has steadily emerged as one of the country’s most respected songwriting voices. On albums ​Ready For You Now​ and 2017’s ​There’s Enough Songs In The World​,​ ​his thoughtful, earworming craft has garnered comparisons to everyone from Conor O’Brien Villagers to Grandaddy at their most gossamer and contemplative.
Nellis’ forthcoming new single, ​‘When I Sleep’​ is a meditative and delicately-crafted case in point. Released ahead of a new album in the works for release next year – and mixed by and featuring backing vocals from long-time friend collaborator Philip Watts d’Alton (Master & Dog) – it has come on quite the journey along the way. “I wrote the song around 15 years ago, but I never managed to get a recording of it,” Nellis explains. “A lot of friends have always enjoyed it and I’ve always loved singing it, although I’ve had to take it down two whole tones to be able to reach the high notes. In fact, I had to get a guitar specially set up for the job.”
“I recorded it earlier this year with two old musical friends, Mark McGrath (keys) and Andrew Brown (drums), who I’ve played with many times before, as well as an old friend from university who I hadn’t seen in 15 years, Dan Skinner (bass). We used to be in a band and have kept in touch solely through the medium of playing Words with Friends online.”
‘When I Sleep’ is launched at Belfast’s Voodoo on Fountain Street on October 17th​. Support comes from ​Joel Harkin ​and the Thin Air DJs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s