Irish singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon, hailing from Loughrea, found a haven for his unique sound and sensibility in Los Angeles, California, with Grammy Award- winning David Garza (Fiona Apple) producing Ultan’s fifth record, The Starlight Ballroom, which drops on September 13th, 2023.
Ultan recently shared the lead song, and accompanying video, “The Old Songs”.
"The Old Songs" is written by Ultan Conlon and David Garza. Conceived during pre-production in Los Angeles when Garza came up with the rousing balladeer chorus “Who’s gonna sing the old songs, when all the old timers are gone?’ Ultan got to thinking about the sessions in his cousin’s pub JJ Hough’s in Banagher, Co Offaly. Everyone would get up and sing, sometimes badly but it all sounded magnificent. No song was discriminated against, if it was catchy it would be sung and all present would join in. The song represents community and connection with a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure.
David Garza, a big fan of Fairground Attraction, discovered that Ultan knew Eddi Reader and immediately asked if they could get her to add her voice to the track. The bar room scene was lacking a female voice. Eddi added her magnificent brogue, feisty character and trademark theatrical voice to the track which further enriches this symbolic song.
You can find Ultan's brand new single here, accompanied by the video release!
Official video, ft. Eddi Reader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6I-nzdc978
Upcoming Tour Dates
Thursday 20/04/23 (SOLD OUT)
Ultan Conlon, The Studio Café, Rathfarnham. Co. Dublin.
Ultan Conlon, Dooley’s. Rathcormac. Co Cork (LOW TICKETS)
Ultan Conlon, The Bastion Kitchen. Athlone. Co Westmeath (LOW TICKETS)
Ultan Conlon, The Bastion K2tchen. Castlerea. Co Roscommon
Ultan Conlon, Kilcash Community Center, kilcash. Co Tipperary
Ultan Conlon, Fore Abbey Cafe. Fore. Co Westmeath
Ultan Conlon, The Corner Stone. Woodford. Co Galway
Ultan Conlon, Lizzy’s Little kitchen. Listowel. Co Kerry
Ultan Conlon W/Special Guest Sabrina Dinan, The Roisin Dubh. Galway. Co Galway
Ultan Conlon, Ark Storytelling Festival, Valencia. Co Kerry
Ultan Conlon, The Cutting Vedge. Kilkenny. Co Kilkenny