Mu­sic with Ed­die Row­ley

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Gold In A Brass Age, in March.

This week, he gave us a taste of what to ex­pect with the release of the al­bum’s first sin­gle, ‘The Sapling’, and it sees Gray rev­el­ling in his pas­sion for song­writ­ing, push­ing him­self into un­fa­mil­iar ter­rain and sur­pris­ing him­self as much as his fans along the way.

The hyp­notic lead sin­gle sees Gray re­flect­ing on the brevity of life. “Time tick­ing by is a theme that re­curs through­out the record,” says Gray. “It’s about fragility, re­newal and a chang­ing of per­spec­tive.”

Gold In A Brass Age will be Gray’s 11th al­bum in a ca­reer span­ning more than 25 years. Along the way he’s had sev­eral Brit and Grammy nom­i­na­tions and notched up three num­ber one UK al­bums, in­clud­ing the break­out multi-plat­inum White Lad­der.

And it all started in Ire­land for the Welsh­man when White Lad­der took him all the way to the top of the charts in this coun­try and lit a fire un­der his ca­reer.

It was Gray’s fourth al­bum and he had been dropped by record giant EMI at the time. Look­ing back on that pe­riod, Gray says he recog­nised the con­nec­tion his pre­vi­ous shows had made with Ir­ish au­di­ences, so he de­cided to fo­cus on this coun­try.

It paid off. By the late 90s, there was hardly an Ir­ish home that didn’t have a copy of the White Lad­der al­bum. “You guys ‘got it’ be­fore any­one else did,” he ac­knowl­edges. The al­bum sold seven mil­lion world­wide.

Gay has also an­nounced new Ir­ish shows at the Royal The­atre, Castle­bar, Co Mayo, on April 4 and Dublin’s Bord Gais En­ergy The­atre on April 5 and 6, 2019.

DAVID GRAY has been a busy man in the past year, tour­ing Amer­ica with Ali­son Krauss and writ­ing a brand new al­bum calledwhich will be out

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