Great Elk

Early Show

Great Elk

Niall Connolly

Wed, May 23, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Great Elk - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Great Elk
“The Brooklyn rockers Great Elk display the control and restraint of a band with deep chemistry, as they sway gracefully between gentle ballads and mid-tempo indie-rock tunes.” – The New Yorker

"Lead single "I'm going to bend" is a slow-simmering pot of Kosmic American music that should find favor with fans of Band of Horses or the erstwhile Grandaddy." - My Old Kentucky Blog

"Great Elk's Autogeogaphy is a remarkably consistent and conceptually coherent record." -
Niall Connolly - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Niall Connolly
In 2001, NIALL CONNOLLY recorded his debut album using money raised from donating his body for medical research.

In 2010, Niall Connolly funded his fourth album using money from pre-sales to fans across the globe.

Already hailed as a startling new work, Brother, The Fight Is Fixed is Niall Connolly’s fourth studio album. Recorded and mixed in Brooklyn, New York, the album is a remarkable collection of Connolly’s most mature, complex, and powerful work to date. Steeped in the richness of his experience, the deftness of his pen, and the strength of his imagination, Connolly’s lyrics evidence the well-honed craft of an honest and watchful storyteller. Often blending the personal with the political, Connolly creates imagery that sears its mark onto the consciousness of listeners, set against the backdrop of an urban folk sound.

Hailing from Athens, GA, co-producer E.W. Harris lends his powers of sonic virtuosity and invention to the work. Weaving elements of electronica, americana, alternative percussion and found sounds into the composition, Harris helps bring Connolly’s work to new territories.

From New Mexico to Budapest, Niall Connolly has played over 250 concerts in 10 countries in the last year. Performing at festivals, embassies, theaters, cinemas, bookshops, hot springs, rooftops and basement bars, Connolly has built a fanbase as loyal as it is diverse. In fact, this album was funded entirely through an online campaign supported by fans worldwide. He is, at heart, an astonishingly talented storyteller and Brother, The Fight Is Fixed spirals through time from the marshy landscapes of Cork, Ireland to the overspill of the modern metropolis.

Lauded by New York’s Death and Taxes as “being at the head of a new breed of politically engaged eloquent singer-songwriters emerging from New York’s most populous borough”, Cork-born Connolly has crafted a highly regarded niche for himself as one of the leading lights in the New York music scene, curating a variety of music nights each week in the city that never sleeps.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002