Michael O'Shea – Michael O'Shea
The “Mo Chara,” Gaelic for “my friend,” is one of the most special characteristics of this most special artist: a hand-made (from an old door adorned with 17 strings) sitar / dulcimer-type instrument that infuses Michael O’Shea’s humbling post-punk-street-folk with the most spiritualized shades. Following AllChival’s reissue of the damp and mystical Content To Write In I Dine Weathercraft from Dublin’s Stano, which naturally featured O’Shea in its embracing mist / midst; the 1982 Dome Imprint self-titled debut from legendary busker-angel is chosen, thankfully, for reintegration into this crestfallen world.
A portrait of an artist who travelled the world with curiosity and generosity, O’Shea led an extraordinary existence which led him to create this work. Born in Northern Ireland, raised in the Republic, O’Shea travelled extensively through Europe and the Middle East, learning to play sitar while working in aid in Bangladesh in the 1970s; busking in France with Algerian musician Kris Hosylan Harp on zelochord; playing beside legendary underground entertainers on the streets of London; and eventually recording this world of experience at the studio of Wire's Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis.
Listening to Michael O’Shea’s music is an unforgettable experience - at once totally transcendental and firmly rooted in culture and history of lived experience.