New Pope

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New Pope is a three piece act (guitar/ organ/ drums) based in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. New Pope was formed in 2014 as the solo project of David Boland and, with various lineups, has played the Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes and Strange Brew Summer Shindig festivals, supported the likes of The Lost Brothers, Slow Magic, Young Wonder, Slow Club and David Kitt and toured The Netherlands (2015).

Growing up the only child of a single mother in 1980s Ireland, Boland spent his earliest years on the move, living in Shannon, Limerick, Cork, and Dublin with a brief infant interlude in Amsterdam. His teenage years were lived in Donegal while he now resides contentedly in Galway city where he spends his time curating the popular Citóg night in the Róisín Dubh and acts as Artistic Director and Culture Editor of An Áit Eile (aae.ie).

Boland’s distinctive vocals, combined with thoughtful, lyrical song writing and crafted, lush arrangements mark New Pope as a rising Irish talent and a storyteller to be taken seriously.

Released in December 2015, New Pope’s critically acclaimed debut album YOUTH was named number 13 in the nialler9 reader’s poll, number 23 in The Thin Air’s Irish releases of the year and was named Release of the Week in The Irish Times.

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“David Boland made his first public forays into music with the short-lived Galway band The Depravations, a band who looked to the west coast of America for its summer folk sound. Boland's short seven-track solo LP opens with a song called Onwards, Westwards and the words “to be young/ to live by the ocean/ to be alone/ to be no-one,” casting a decidedly more sombre tone of folk. What follows is an accordion-assisted collection of wistful music delving into young love (“I loved you the best/ and for a while you loved nobody else”) past memories of Donegal and Amsterdam, and the highlight Christopher, a Bright Eyes-esque folk number. (Niall Byrne, The Irish Times, YOUTH LP, 02.16)

"Beautifully washes over you in what is almost a cleansing musical experience that you immediately want to delight in again and again." (John Loftus, Ceol Caint, YOUTH LP, 01.16)
"YOUTH LP is weighted with memories, the draw of the past a tangible thing; rose-tinted and tender, yet at other times more difficult to relive. Boland, though, seems as content to revel in – or at least confront – the darker interludes as much as those blissful memories... as Boland recalls pivotal moments in his life with both ennui and joy. The real joy is ours though. It can’t be right to take this much pleasure in someone’s spilled guts, can it?" (Justin McDaid, Goldenplec, YOUTH LP, 01.16)

"Simple, melodic and endearingly reflective, Dave Boland’s collection of dreamy songs may lead to Neutral Milk Hotel comparisons, but that will never, ever be a bad thing." (Dylan Murphy, dyladvisedramblings, YOUTH LP, 01.16)

"Perfectly balanced between both the tender and more pining realms of nostalgia... offers up a wonderfully re-assuring, immaculately crafted summation of the inner, intersubjective workings of dealing with change and growing up" (Brian Coney, The Thin Air, YOUTH LP, 12.15)

"Treat yourself to a record that is a subtle gem with hints of dark American folk." (Phil Udell, State.ie, YOUTH LP, 12.15)

"An understated acoustic strum and accordion drone joins Boland’s distinctive vocal in creating a warm and lush atmosphere; the perfect companion to showcase Boland’s profoundly brilliant songwriting and storytelling abilities." (Barry Gruff, YOUTH EP, 10.15)

"One of the finds of the festival... It’s a low key gig, but the crowd’s attention never wavers – this is a chance encounter that pays off in spades." (Justin McDaid, Goldenplec, HWCH, 10.15)

"New Pope is a treat that has left a now totally full yet utterly silent room entranced." (Eoin Murray, The Thin Air, Róisín Dubh, 09.15)

"The songs trigger feelings of nostalgia for things you didn’t know you missed and yet everyone in the room is smiling and nodding to the blissful folksiness of it all.” (Eoin Murray, The Thin Air, Strange Brew Summer Shindig, 08.15)

New Pope is a three piece act (guitar/ organ/ drums) based in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. New Pope was formed in 2014 as the solo project of David Boland and, with various lineups, has played the Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes and Strange Brew Summer Shindig festivals, supported the likes of The Lost Brothers, Slow Magic, Young Wonder, Slow Club and David Kitt and toured The Netherlands (2015).

Growing up the only child of a single mother in 1980s Ireland, Boland spent his earliest years on the move, living in Shannon, Limerick, Cork, and Dublin with a brief infant interlude in Amsterdam. His teenage...

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Discography New Pope

  • 2015 YOUTH Album | Citóg Records

Media

  • Media All My Life
  • Media Christopher
  • Media North Donegal
  • Media Not Forgotten
  • Media We Were Young

Origin

  • Galway IE

Founded

  • 2014

Members

  • David Boland Songwriter/ Guitar/ Vocals
  • Stephen Connelly Organ/ Vocals
  • Colm Bohan Drums/ Vocals