Boa Morte (band)

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Boa Morte (band)
OriginCork, Ireland
Genresalternative folk, contemporary folk, indie rock, slowcore
Years active1998–present
LabelsMoodfood Records, Shoeshine Records, Kicking A Can Records, Gare Du Nord Records
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersMaurice Hallissey, Bill Twomey, Paul Ruxton, Cormac Gahan

Boa Morte are an Irish alternative folk band formed in Cork in 1998.[1] They have released three full-length albums.

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Boa Morte


Boa Morte were formed in Cork, Ireland in 1998. The band members are Maurice Hallissey on drums, Bill Twomey on guitars, Paul Ruxton on guitars and vocals, and Cormac Gahan on guitars and vocals. Their 1998 self-released EP Passenger, Measure Your Time' generated a lot of record company interest which culminated in the band signing a recording deal with American label Moodfood Records in 1999.[1]

Recording of their debut album was completed in Dublin in late 2000 with producer Daniel Presley, who had previously worked with The Breeders. Complications with the American deal delayed the release of the album.[2] Shoeshine Records in Glasgow then signed the band and in July 2002 Boa Morte's debut album Soon It Will Come Time to Face the World Outside was released to widespread acclaim[3], including 4-Star reviews in Uncut, Mojo, Q Magazine and The Irish Times.[4] The album was released globally and played on BBC's John Peel radio show,[5] and was selected for the Hot Press magazine "250 Greatest Irish Albums Of All Time" list.[6]

The band played live extensively, supporting the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Calexico and Howe Gelb as well as playing headline shows around Ireland and an extensive UK tour with label-mates The Beauty Shop and Major Matt Mason USA. In 2009, Boa Morte released their second album The Dial Waltz on their own Kicking a Can label.[7]

Boa Morte began recording their third album in September 2018 in Herbert Place Studio in Dublin. Called "Before Their Was Air", it was released in September 2019 on London-based label Gare Du Nord and reflects more expanded listening habits,encompassing ambient and modern composition while maintaining their core sound. [8]


Soon It Will Come Time To Face The World Outside (Shoeshine Records, 2002)

  1. Clarence White
  2. Tonight She Said
  3. Tonight She Said
  4. Maginot Line
  5. Burn
  6. Unfortunate Leader
  7. Snowbound Again
  8. Summer Intro
  9. Tired Eyes
  10. December
  11. North Star

The Dial Waltz (Kicking A Can Records, 2009)

  1. The Rail Song
  2. Wooden Floor
  3. Night And The Return
  4. Priceless Prize
  5. Tears On A Full Moon
  6. A Distance
  7. Spade Song
  8. Luminous Plankton
  9. Quarter To Ten
  10. Darkened Doorway
  11. Young Mariner
  12. All This We Must Consider

Before There Was Air (Gare Du Nord, 2019)

  1. A Sound
  2. Sleep/Before The Landslide
  3. Ships Passing
  4. The Garden
  5. No Piano
  6. Stones / Stone by Stone
  7. Deep Is / Deeper
  8. Sea Creatures
  9. Cans
  10. Landslide


  1. ^ a b "Central And Remote: Boa Morte". Fractured Air. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  2. ^ "Boa Morte sign to Glasgow's Shoeshine". Hot Press. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  3. ^ "Viva Boa Morte!". Hot Press.
  4. ^ "Boa Morte | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "Football And Music". Keeping It Peel. 2015-10-25.
  6. ^ "Hot Press (Ireland) - 250 Greatest Irish Albums Of All Time - Acclaimed Music Forums". Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  7. ^ Meagher, John. "The Dial Waltz by Boa Morte". The Irish Independent.
  8. ^ O'Mahoney, Don (2019-09-18). "To Endure Is To Triumph". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2019-09-19.