Ladies and gentleman, I’d like it to be known that Tony Fitz and Catherine Ferris are modern-day heroes. They’ve been putting together these wonderful Irish showcases for us, getting some great musicians together to record lovely videos in a gorgeous house, since 2013, and every year just gets better. Tony says that he and Catherine swore they’d take it easier this time around, but instead they’ve given us the most videos of any showcase and included one of the best surprise guests you could get in modern Irish music. It’s an amazing thing they do for us.
But enough of me fawning over these lovely people. We kick off this year’s Irish showcase with Participant. Tony tells us, “Well-known for his bass chops with various bands around Dublin (including one of my favourite bands, Heritage Centre), Participant is the solo project of Stephen Tiernan. I was lucky enough to help Stephen with some recording for his absolutely brilliant debut EP, which you can get here.
Taken from the EP, Stephen treated us to a gorgeous, stripped back version of ‘Start To Try’.”