The Black Gate presents John Blek in Galway City

The Black Gate presents John Blek in Galway City

To celebrate his impressive eighth studio album, Galway's cultural institution The Black Gate welcome John Blek to the City of the Tribes for a very special show in Galway Mechanics Institute on Friday March 3rd.

John Blek, one of Ireland's most prolific recording artists will be joined on the night by one of Galway's most prolific artists, Eoin Dolan. This show is being organised by The Black Gate and will take place in the beautiful, historic surrounds of Galway Mechanics Institute on Middle Street. Buy tickets for John Blek's Galway show HERE and read on for more details on the artist, the album and what to expect from the show.

Until The Rivers Run Dry is the eighth studio album from the ever prolific John Blek. It is clear he is an artist uneasy with rest who is eternally developing his impressive style with his fierce independent spirit at the heart of everything he does.

"An impressive offering . . . Soaring Strings and ethereal vocals suffuse this sophisticated 10 track effort from John Blek, further elevated by inspired guest vocals from Cathy Davy." - HOTPRESS

"We think that every song on this new record by John Blek could also have been sung by Richard Hawley, that British romantic song troubadour from Sheffield who can equally captivate the listener on his records from start to finish . Recommended!" -

The 10 track album was recorded over 10 days in early 2022. Though the process was quick it was not rushed. Blek entered the studio with an inspired clarity and a vivid picture of what he wanted to create. This is by far his most substantial and sophisticated sounding record to date, filled with McCartney moments and Scott Walker swagger. The soaring strings often evoke a Spektor-esque sound, chamber pop backing vocals full of indie spirit paired with a blend of electronic and acoustic drums lead us into a new sonic realm but the heart of the record is Blek’s profound and poetic alt-folk songwriting.

In an age when it would be easy to become disillusioned with the music industry John has remained steadfastly positive and unyieldingly creative. Known for being one of Ireland's hardest touring musicians the Cork based musician tours relentlessly in Europe and the UK as well as his native Ireland. His live show is thoughtful and entertaining, littered with stories and showcasing his arresting vocals and intricate guitar playing.

The new record was produced by John and long time collaborator Brian Casey at Wavefield Recordings, Clonakilty, Ireland. The record features vocals by Cathy Davey and strings by Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames) as well as Kit Downes on piano, Davey Ryan on drums and Chris McCarthy playing double bass.

Until The Rivers Run Dry was released Friday 17th February on Blek’s own label We Are Rats Recordings and in Europe by K&F Records. It will be available on limited edition transparent pink vinyl, black vinyl, CD & all digital platforms.

Album Release Tour
2nd Mar - The American Bar, Belfast
3rd Mar - Galway Mechanics Institute, Galway
11th Mar - Cleere’s, Kilkenny
7th Apr - Tearoom Sessions, Carrick-On-Suir
8th Apr - Upstairs Dolan’s, Limerick
19th Apr - Bridge St., Castlebar
20th Apr - Phil Grimes’, Waterford
23rd Apr - DeBarra’s, Clonakilty

Book your tickets now by tapping right HERE.

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