Bigger and Better Things

In this issue: Eric McGrath, This Flight Tonight and The Paper Kites

This Flight Tonight: Photographer: D. McKissock-Davis

With the brush of fingers, a stroke of musical ideas, singer/songwriters can create cathedrals of imaginations. They somehow subconsciously satisfy that part of us that screams of unrequited love and loss. For me, owning an album is like taking that part of a musician with you. It is like a personal note a friend has slipped inside your pocket, and you take it with you to keep you warm through the cold months of uncertainty.

This is what’s music supposed to do. To fill that empty space and take you out of the depths of madness into the blazing light of self recovery. The following are young artists who are making waves and they are aiming for bigger and better things. And yes, they aim to inspire and enrich.

Eric McGrath

I got the link to his video through Dublin based singer/songwriter Fiach Moriarty. This man is creating smooth tunes that makes me think of the good ol’ songs half a century ago. His delivery is genuine and there is something about his voice that’s unpretentious. After scanning more videos, I found more and more of his style that makes me conclude that this is a fine example of Irish pop music: intelligent, melodic but also mature. He made a great impression alright.


Born in Dublin to a Spanish mother and Irish father, Eric was raised on a healthy mix of music from around the globe. With a strong love of Latin grooves, 1920’s North American song craftsmanship, and 1960’s Surf harmonies, it wasn’t long before Eric began to blend his diverse inspirations through his own unique compositions. After completing an honours degree in Chemistry at UCD, Eric finally succumbed to his true calling by obtaining a Masters in Music and Media from Trinity College Dublin.

He recently supported Bic Runga at The Cork Opera House and The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, as well as supporting a host of Irish musical luminaries, including Cathy Davey, Dave Geraghty, Vyvienne Long and Tiger Cooke. In July 2011 Eric was invited as guest performer to the American Ireland Fund’s Summer Event in New York where he performed every night from 17 -24 July, including the main event on the 21st.

A wider audience awaits…

More info here:


This Flight Tonight

Ralph Engle formed a band that is steeped in visual music. People who are fans of Radiohead and most 90’s bands associated with the genre will really warm up to This Flight Tonight. I saw the video “Barb Wire” featuring interpretative dance and I was like Holy Shit! These guys really take their artistry to the next level.

Apart from the Thom Yorke-like vocals, Ralph has this theatrical quality about him that calls for expansive compositions and challenging vocal acrobats. The music is spacey but intense that it makes you want to listen repeatedly in order for you to interpret rifts and layers of the notes that they worked into the songs.

I’d say discover more of their music and I am sure this band will grow on you.


The Paper Kites

Someone posted this band in the chat room where I frequent. My taste is eclectic and that includes sweet ballads from Australia.  Well, this band doesn’t need further intro because a LOT has been written about them. At first I thought they are from the UK but their facebook page says they are from down under. Members are:

Sam Bentley
Christina Lacy
Dave Powys
Sam Rasmussen
Josh Bentley

But no corresponding instrument is mentioned opposite each name. Sigh. They have two sites in case you are in the mood for music hunting: