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The Sleeping Years, Laura Hocking & Catriona Irving
February 28, 2008, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Catch, Catriona Irving, Laura Hocking, neednowater records, The Sleeping Years

The first ever Kick the Plug party takes place March 5th at Catch in London.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
22 Kingsland Road

Headlining the first event is The Sleeping Years, with support from Laura Hocking and little Catriona Irving.

The Sleeping Years

sleeping years

#23 The sleeping years – setting fire to sleepy towns
by lecargo

The Sleeping Years is the new project for singer-songwriter Dale Grundle. Recently signed to Talitres Records in France, The Sleeping Years have released three EPs so far, ‘You and Me Against The World’,, ‘Setting fire to sleepy towns’ and ‘Clocks and Clones’. Dale was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland to an Irish father and a Scottish mother and started his first band Catchers while at school. Their first single ‘Cotton Dress’ came out on Setanta Records and became single of the week in Melody Maker. Their debut album ‘Mute’ was recorded with Mike Hedges in France. Dale went on to tour with Pulp, Edwyn Collins, The Divine Comedy, Dr. John and Oasis. The Sleeping Years debut is set for release on Talitres Records in March 2008.

The Guardian: ‘his voice breaks exquisitely between hope and despair in songs that the acoustic guitar was invented for’

Dazed and Confused: ‘a one-man show that owes his lilting metaphysical lyricism to the likes of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith and John Martyn. It’s good to know that there are people like him out there’

Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio): ‘Just as Sufjan Stevens has been moved to celebrate the quirks and character of the United States, so Dale Grundle is devising his own charts, full of wonder, dread and reverie. Can’t wait to see where he takes us next.’

Time Out: ‘engagingly mournful, melodic songcraft’

Support comes from Laura Hocking who’s riding high on the Cambridge folk scene,
laura hocking

There are plenty of free downloads on her myspace page

and the sweet lo-fi folk of London based singer-songwriter Catriona Irving.

Catriona Irving Live

Catriona Irving is a 25 yr old, tiny, blonde singer/songwriter based in London. She knocked about for a couple of years pondering on what to do when she bought a guitar she couldn’t afford; declaring it, not to customs, but as an incentive to try harder. And by jove she did. Her debut release was ‘Running on Empathy’, a limited 7 inch release followed ollowed by the Stitch EP in June 2007.

Her love for traditional folk and anti-folk can be heard in her music, but she’s found herself an acoustic styled, angel-voiced sound somewhere in between the two. Imagine if Elliot Smith was a girl and wasn’t so depressed. Imagine Joanna Newsom kicked her harp out the window and grabbed an Emmylou Harris Hummingbird. Imagine, if you will, CATRIONA IRVING.

Metro: “Lullaby-style ballads and sweet pop-folk. Lo-fi and upbeat, Irving is a polished young artisit worth watching.”

One Week to Live: “Lullaby-like vocals and a simple acoustic guitar. Like a mix between Justine Frischmann and Joanna Newsom.”