We caught up with Oliver Cole last week and got a preview of some of the great new songs off his upcoming album ‘Year of the Bird’. Oliver will be launching his album in Whelan’s of Wexford street in Dublin on 7th August.
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Oliver Cole was born and raised in County Meath but has spent the past number of years in Dublin, where he writes, records, plays and promotes his music full-time. Ollie has a range of influences from The Shins, Brendan Benson, Bright eyes, Elliott Smith, The Beatles and Neil Young.
He first began to attract serious notice as the front man of Irish three piece Turn. Turn formed in 1998 when Ollie as lead singer/guitarist and drummer Ian Melady joined forces with Dublin bass player Gavin Fox, who they met at a Dublin recording studio. Turn went onto huge success both at home and abroad and released three albums Antisocial (2000), Forward (2003) and Turn LP (2005) on Setanta Records.
In the musically bustling city of Dublin, new singer-songwriters pop up on a daily basis, but few earn any lasting attention. Ollie however has been an exception, gathering momentum steadily since his departure from Turn in 2006. Ollie’s combination of true musicianship and consistently compelling song writing has earned him the respect of fellow artists and the enthusiastic support of audiences wherever he plays.
Most importantly he’s been recording his debut solo album. Ollie with the help of Gavin Fox, Graham Hopkins and other music friends recorded the album during the course of 2008. The album is called “We Albatri” and is due for release during the Autumn of 2009.
Turn’s music had featured in many films and International TV shows such as One Tree Hill, and therefore it was no surprise that Big Life (Klaxons, Badly Drawn Boy, and The Verve etc) signed Ollie to a publishing deal once they heard his first solo album.