Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My last album the self titled ‘Mundy’ came out in May 2015. It was produced by Youth from U.K. Band Killing Joke. He also produced my first album ‘Jelly Legs’ and has made albums with Paul McCartney,Pink Floyd and The Verve.
It’s been a few years since I’ve played in Australia and I am also doing a tour of New Zealand. I’m really looking forward to playing again with my Australian musical friends and playing to the fans.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I am really enjoying playing the songs from my last album (self-titled Mundy). It’s great to convert people to the new songs.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
This is a name dropper..
Last time I played in Australia I flew on to New York to begin a tour. We were in rehearsals and my Violinist got a call from Glen Hansard’s manager. He said he needed Irish Session style music for a party ASAP at a bar called the Spotted Pig. She told him that she was with me and that I’d do the singing. We arrived up 3 flights of stairs and there was Bono, Bill Gates and Jay Z’s manager amongst another 40 people. We sang the night away and Bono even joined us on Hungry Heart by Springsteen for the birthday girl!! There you go!
What, or who, inspires you?
I like to talk to older people and hear their stories and phrases. I love dialect. It’s all about a different view when forming lyrics.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Wichita Lineman is one!
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
A seared tuna taco..
It’s colourful.. it’s got depth.. i dunno.
Or a gin and Tonic.. because it gets you there!
What’s next for you?
Trying to be creative.. more songs.. next album and always playing.
What’s your scene?
Contemporary Irish singer/songwriter Mundy is back doing what he does best: writing ridiculously infectious pop-rock songs that lodge in your cranium like squatters in a vacant house. He is celebrating two decades since his breakthrough, ‘To You I Bestow’ (Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet). Mundy’s performances are both powerful and melodically dynamic. Mundy’s recording of Steve Earle’s ‘Galway Girl’ went on to become classic bestselling single.
Mundy teamed up with Youth, who produced his debut album, the critically acclaimed Jellylegs in 1996. Jellylegs yielded such hit songs ‘Gin and Tonic Sky’ ‘Life’s A Cinch’ and cc which also featured on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’ s Romeo & Juliet. Following Jellylegs, Mundy went on to release the multi-platinum record 24 Star Hotel, with hit tracks ‘July’ and ‘Mexico’ becoming firm favourites. Raining Down Arrows, which hit the #1 slot in the Irish Album Charts, came next and was recorded in the musically revered city of Austin, Texas. His first live album Live and Confusion followed, recorded at a storming and sold out Vicar Street show. Galway Girl (Steve Earle) was recorded as an encore and went on to become the bestselling single and most downloaded song 2 years in a row in Ireland (2007 / 2008). His 4th studio album, Strawberry Blood, followed in 2009 and saw Mundy touring Ireland, Australia and the UK once more. Shuffle was released in 2011 and was a gorgeous ode to some of Mundy’ s favourite songwriters. It featured his versions of songs by greats like Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Paul Simon and Gillian Welch, to name a few.
Since then, Mundy has been busy. He’ s been touring the US, performing at The Royal Albert Hall – not to mention the small matter of performing for Barack Obama, both on Obama’s Irish visit, and again, at his home in The White House.
Mundy met Youth again a couple of years back and they decided to collaborate together for the first time since ‘95, winding up in Youth’s studio in Spain where they got to work on the self titled ‘Mundy’, which was released in April, 2015. Youth is one of the most experienced and talented UK producers, having worked with the likes of The Verve, Pink Floyd, Culture Club, Reverend & The Makers, Echo & The Bunnymen and Paul McCartney. The line-up for the recording included Mundy on guitar and vocals, Youth on bass, Eddie Banda on drums and Michael Rendall on keys, with some extra guitar lines from Simon Tong (The Verve, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn) and Michael Wadada (Suns Of Arqa) on sitar.
Mundy – Australian Tour – March 2017
Thursday 9th The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Vic
Friday 10th – Monday 13th Port Fairy Folk Festival, Vic
Thursday 16th The Caravan Club, Oakleigh, Vic