Anybody who has seen posters in shop windows of Navan and Kells advertising an upcoming gig by Little Palace may be forgiven for thinking that they have stepped back in time. But they are not in their dotage - the Kells-based band is back!
Little Palace went back into the studio in 2008 to record some songs written by their vocalist and guitarist Michael Brunnock.
'They were good songs and we all felt that there was unfinished business, so why not?' says Michael. These recordings became 'Invitation Time", the new album from the band.
Managed by Davey Butler, the band is made up of Brunnock, Ann Louise Mulvany on vocals, Anthony Cregan (vocals/guitars/bass),
Martin Quinn (vocals/guitars/bass/keyboards/producer), James Quinn (piano/keyboards), and Ian Melady (drums/percussion).
Previously they had released two very successful EPs. The debut 'Beekeeper" featuring the song 'Gift" produced by 'Dead Can Dance" main man Brendan Perry, and the follow up 'Car", which were both accompanied by extensive touring of Ireland, several dates in the US and some shows in Paris.
Long term member and co-producer Martin Quinn says of the new record: 'This is some of the best work we"ve ever done and it all came together pretty easily!'
The new album features a re-working of the very popular song 'Secret" with a fine piano performance by James Quinn, also a member of the band since day one, and additional strings played by Colm Mac Con Iomaire of the Frames.
Little Palace will be releasing 'Invitation Time" on Friday 3rd April and this will coincide with shows around the country, including the Headfort Arms in Kells on Saturday, 4th April and in the Backroom Sessions in the Lantern, Navan, on the following Thursday, 9th April. See www.littlepalace.ie, www.myspace.com/littlepalacemusic, www.bebo.com/littlepalace.