West Clare songsmith and European troubadour, David Hope is back with a new collection of heartfelt, raw, gritty songs. Hope is set to release his eagerly anticipated third studio album entitled ‘Tough Love’ on March 10th, 2017 on Swiss label, TOURBOmusic.
Produced by Christian Best at Monique Studios in Ireland, ‘Tough Love’ is the follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Scarecrow’, which was released in 2013 and enjoyed extensive radio play and successive tours both in Europe and Hope’s native Ireland. The first single from the album, ‘Christmas Day’, was chosen as the RTE Radio 1 song selected for the European Broadcasting Union Christmas Music Project and featured on a playlist across all member states.
‘Tough Love’ features a collection of ten new songs which showcase Hope’s finely wrought lyrics and impressive vocals. Hope’s language invites listeners to venture into his world of beauty, humour, darkness and disdain. Producer Christian Best features on percussion which has lifted Hope’s songs to a new level in terms of sound and focus, while internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and vocalist, Michael Gallen, has added rich texture and tone giving Hope’s music a broader presence and stride.
The ten-track album is a mix of full-band tracks which have the instantly recognizable and often jaunty feel of his earlier works, as well as a fresh vitality. It is, however, in the stripped-back, exposed solo recordings where the song-writing maturity Hope has found over the last few years really shows, cutting to the bone of a song and unearthing a poignant intimacy. Hard working and weather beaten by constant touring, this third studio album is a coming of age for the man from County Clare.
Over the past 14 years, David has gigged & toured extensively in both his native Ireland and mainland Europe, averaging in excess of 200 shows per year. During this time, Hope has built a reputation as one of the very best live performers on the touring circuit today. Drawing his audience in with his storytelling wit, personality and Irish charm, it is the beauty and depth of his songs, which are delivered with the lived in, almost sepia tone of his impressive voice & the raw elegance of his guitar playing that succeeds in holding audiences long after the show has finished.
David has performed a variety of shows across Europe including numerous festivals in Switzerland (Blue Balls Luzern, Songbird Festival Davos), Germany, Sweden and toured with Declan Sinnott (IRL), The Duke Spirit (UK), Sophie Hunger (CH) and Beth Hart (USA). In Ireland, he has toured nationally with folk/blues chanteuse Mary Coughlan (IRL), Barnaby Bright (USA) and opened for a variety of Irish artists such as Damien Dempsey, Mick Flannery, The Stunning, Mundy, Mary Black, John Spillane and whipping boy.
David has independently released four critically acclaimed records in recent years. The album, ‘A Picture’, produced in 2007 by Terry Woods (Steeleye Span / The Pogues) received great reviews and airplay and was promoted with appearances on national Irish television. A 7-track EP ‘Daybreak Someplace’ was released in 2009 to rave reviews.
Press / Reviews:
“…The Irishman from rural County Clare is easily right up there with his contemporaries and compatriots such as Mick Flannery and Declan O’Rourke…”
– Folker Magazin (DE)
“….With a rough-hewn voice somewhere between that of Tom Waits and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (with a touch of Springsteen), Hope combines elements of folk, country, blues and soul on his second album…his songs are strong and have alived-in, authentic, almost sepia-toned feel…are on a par with anything out of the American heartland.”
– Hotpress (IRL)
“….the potent mixture of gritty, hard-edged folk-tinged pop and heartfelt acoustic balladry is a tribute to Hope’s versatile song-crafting skills … a finely-wrought set of songs. If you thought you’d had your fill of fiery, emotional troubadours, then think again very hard. This guy’s very definitely here to stay.”
– Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ (U.K.)
” David Hope plays and sings like a semi-soused railway hobo from the Southern USA I offer that analogy as a form of high praise. His acoustic folk music has roots that rise from deep in the heartland of Ireland flowering in a lilting sound led masterfully.”
– Limerick Events Guide (IRL)
“A combination of folk and rock, with the occasional side note of bluegrass thrown in … David Hope’s music is a treat both for the ears and for the mind … simply great, energizing but easy-going folk rock music. ‘Daybreak Someplace’ … belongs in a film as the theme song for a wandering protagonist. Hope sings in a gruff but pitch-perfect voice … The theme of wandering and trying to find one’s place and identity is a strong one throughout Hope’s catalogue. If one were looking for a parallel in American popular music, I’d say that Hope resembles a more folk-oriented Bruce Springsteen.”
– The Daily Bruin (USA)
“On the ‘Hell or High Water’ EP David Hope’s gritty and gravel-like voice soars over the band rootsy melodic musicianship. As fresh as a westerly summer breeze. Dave Hope’s music is effortlessly natural and authentic.”
– Limerick Post Newspaper (IRL)
“A fantastic mix of American folk with a distinct Irish twang proving they are loyal to their roots. The catchy rhythm pulls you in and the clever lyrics captivate and keep you listening. It’s a single pulled off in style that just calls out for attention. It deserves airplay reminding me somewhat of a rawer and more folky Mumford and Sons, and a cleaner, less edgy Sea Sick Steve … this EP from the Cork folk group proves they have a lot of great songs in them.”
– Goldenplec.com (IRL)