|Born||1979 (age 36–37)
|Labels||Regal Recordings (2003–2008)|
|Associated acts||Autamata, Paul Noonan, Conor O'Brien, The Divine Comedy, The Duckworth Lewis Method|
Catherine "Cathy" Davey (born 1979) is an Irish singer-songwriter. She has released one extended play, "Come Over" (2004), and three albums, Something Ilk (2004), Tales of Silversleeve (2007) and The Nameless (2010). Her second album garnered her a Choice Music Prize nomination, Meteor Award for Best Irish Female, and spawned a number of successful singles including "Reuben", "Moving" and "Sing for Your Supper". The Nameless was the top selling album in Ireland upon the week of its release. It was also nominated for the Choice Music Prize.
Davey has performed at several international events, including representing Ireland at the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, and performing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. She has also performed at other large exhibitions and festivals in Ireland, including Electric Picnic, Indie-pendence and The Music Show. Davey has worked with Autamata, Elbow and The Duckworth Lewis Method as well as providing support for Graham Coxon, R.E.M. and Supergrass. She appears prominently on the 2016 album Foreverland by The Divine Comedy.
The Irish Times placed Davey third in a list of "The 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now" published in April 2009, saying "There's no better female songwriter in Irish music right now". Tales of Silversleeve was named sixth best Irish album of 2007 by John Meagher of the Irish Independent and ninth best album of the decade by Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea and Lauren Murphy of The Irish Times.
Davey was born in Dublin, daughter of composer Shaun Davey and sculptor Agnes Conway. At the age of ten she moved with her mother to Wiltshire, where they lived for several years. On their return to Dublin they settled in Monkstown. where Davey spent the rest of her teenage years. The first live performance Davey attended was An Emotional Fish with The Stunning on St Stephen's Green. She initially intended to be an artist and to develop her interest in music in her leisure time but the offer of a record deal changed that.
Since 2009, Davey has been in a relationship with Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy. The couple live in Kildare. Davey is an animal lover: she and Hannon have several dogs and are patrons of the Irish animal charity My Lovely Horse Rescue.
Davey has been referred to as "Ireland's Björk". The comparison caused the Irish Independent's Ed Power to comment in one 2009 review: "Alas, such comparisons are probably inevitable when your favourite mode of communication is an ethereal yelp and your songs are populated with a raggle-taggle of yearners, outsiders and freaks". His colleague John Meagher opined, "you won't see Björk heft a guitar half so diligently". Hot Press compared the music on Something Ilk to the works of PJ Harvey and Nina Hynes. The magazine's reviewer also compared her to Joni Mitchell after one 2007 show in Cork. Davey's second album, Tales of Silversleeve, based its sound on the rhythm of the drums. Notable fans of Davey's music include broadcaster Síle Ní Bhraonain. Her records have achieved platinum sales.
Davey was initially uncomfortable with being described as a singer-songwriter but is now more accepting of the term. She describes her songwriting style:
I write in short quick spurts of manic creativity, which are followed by spells of borderline writer's block where the writing comes really painfully and laboriously. I’m sure it's a universal experience for anyone who writes, but it's difficult to get out of, you can't just wish it away—it just disappears when it's had enough. It’s completely independent of whether I’m happy or blue, up or down. It tends to lift as soon as I stop fixating on it—I remember thinking my house was the problem, and I'd need to go to France in order to write, and I would have been scared without Rex [her dog]. I got through it. You can't chase the muse, or you'll scare it away.
Cathy Davey first came to be known as a backing vocalist alongside Carol Keogh for Ken McHugh's project Autamata. McHugh and Davey subsequently collaborated on what Hot Press described as "a mixture of otherworldly indie and soft space age melodica". Davey signed to EMI/Parlophone in 2003 in a deal which Hot Press later described as having "eclipsed even the high-profile signing of The Thrills". Her rise had been low-profile; she did not perform live until she had signed her record deal. Her four-track debut EP, "Come Over", released in 2004, and in which she "swoops and yelps her way through proceedings with her distinctive voice", was described by the magazine as "inviting comparisons with others before deciding that she'd rather be completely unique if it's all the same with you".
Davey's debut album, Something Ilk, was recorded at a studio in Wales, produced by Ben Hillier whose previous credits included Blur and Elbow, and released in 2004. RTÉ reviewer Harry Guerin said it was "high on presence and very low on filler" and gave it three out of five stars. Hot Press remarked, "Not only is her voice elfin, immediate and distinct the songs are also hugely compelling. They are digestible without being lightweight, austere in places without seeming detached". The Irish Independent's Paul Byrne described it as "one of the best Irish albums of 2004". Davey performed a nationwide tour in September 2004. She also supported Graham Coxon and Supergrass during tours they undertook that year. The singer later dismissed Something Ilk, saying "I think the record company [EMI's Regal Recordings] thought I was an indie rock chick when they signed me and that album is very much other people's idea of what I should sound like. [...] I didn't have the confidence to say no to some of the things [Ben Hillier] suggested". Davey claimed not to "know my arse from my elbow when I signed for them" and did not like performing those songs in a live arena. Despite this, the Irish Independent described her as "very talented—far more so than [Gemma] Hayes" but regretted that she had "failed to find an audience for her fine debut Something Ilk".
Davey performed a nationwide tour in late May 2007, debuting songs from her follow-up album which she initially referred to as Silversleeve. All but two of the songs were recorded in her home. The album, released under the title Tales of Silversleeve and produced by Liam Howe of Sneaker Pimps, was preceded by "Reuben", its first single, on 21 September 2007. Davey explained the title choice, "I had a runny nose when I was a child and let's just say I didn't wipe it with a tissue". This proved to be a successful move as it led to a Choice Music Prize nomination for 2007 Irish Album of the Year. RTÉ reviewer Harry Guerin said it was "even more imaginative" than her debut and gave it four out of five stars. entertainment.ie reviewer Lauren Murphy described the record as "Without doubt, one of the best albums of the year", noting "there's a magic about Tales of Silversleeve that makes it an album you're almost afraid to listen to twice, in case it's not as good as you remember the first time". The Irish Independent''s reviewer gave the album five stars, describing it as "a record that she can be proud of". Jim Carroll, The Irish Times rock critic, called it "The most charming pop album you'll hear in Zero Seven".
After a series of residencies, Davey embarked on a pre-Christmas tour of Ireland in 2007. She appeared on the seventh series of Other Voices in early 2008. The singer represented Ireland at the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, in January 2008. She performed at Childline Rocks in February 2008, followed by a performance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas in that March. Davey was dropped by her record company in mid-2008 alongside most of their client list. She headlined the Main Stage at Cork X Southwest in Skibbereen in July 2008. In August 2009, she headlined the Eurocultured Festival in Dublin's Smithfield Plaza and also performed at that year's Indie-pendence. Davey appeared at Electric Picnic 2008. She featured at The Music Show in the RDS in October 2008. The singer performed in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens during events to celebrate Africa Day on 25 May.
Davey's song "Moving" has been used in a prominent Vodafone commercial in her native Ireland. Another song, "Sing for Your Supper", was described by the Irish Independent's Ed Power as "her biggest smash to date". The same reviewer described Davey's song "Reuben", a number one single, as "a skewed romantic tirade glazed in sugar-candy vocals".
Davey's third album, The Nameless, was released on 7 May 2010 (Ireland), with contributions from Conor J. O'Brien and Neil Hannon. Lead single "Little Red" was released on 21 April 2010 and followed by an Irish tour in May. Davey performed on The Late Late Show on 23 April 2010. She performed at Oxegen 2010 in July. On 16 July 2010, to promote the second single from The Nameless album, Davey released a download only EP for "Army of Tears". The EP features three tracks: the original track "Army of Tears", a previously unreleased track "The Wandering" and a demo version of "Army of Tears".
Davey has appeared on the Autamata track "Cloud Seekers", taken from the album My Sanctuary. She has worked with Elbow. She dueted with Gavin Glass on the track "Rag Doll". She sang a song called "Cannonballs" on a 2005 CD titled Faction One, released by record label Faction. She appears on the David Turpin track "Red Elk". She lent her vocals to the 2008 charity album Even Better Than the Disco Thing, on which she performed a cover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love". Tony Clayton-Lea recommended the song be downloaded alongside Lisa Hannigan's cover version of "Upside Down". She performed guest vocals on the track "The Sweet Spot" from The Duckworth Lewis Method's eponymous album and three tracks on Bang Goes the Knighthood, Neil Hannon's 2010 album as The Divine Comedy. She also supported R.E.M. during their Live Rehearsal shows at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in summer 2007. Davey hosted Songs That Scare Children at the Spiegeltent during the Dublin Fringe Festival in September 2008. Her music is available to download from the PlayStation SingStore. She was involved in efforts to raise funds in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Davey's song 'Rescue' has been used in the ABC TV series The Gates. Her song 'Holy Moly' is played at the end of The Disappearance of Alice Creed.
In summer 2016, Davey confirmed a new album was due for release in autumn 2016, this was preceded by the first new single 'The Pattern' released on July 15, 2016. 'New Forest' reached #5 in the Irish Album Chart in September 2016.
The Irish Times placed Davey third in a list of "The 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now" published in April 2009, saying "There's no better female songwriter in Irish music right now". Her closest female rivals on the list were Lisa Hannigan and Róisín Murphy at numbers five and seven respectively. Tales of Silversleeve was named sixth best Irish album of 2007 by John Meagher of the Irish Independent and ninth best album of the decade by Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea and Lauren Murphy of The Irish Times.
Davey won Best Pop Act at the 2011 Digital Socket Awards in Dublin.
Choice Music Prize
Davey's second album Tales of Silversleeve was nominated for the Choice Music Prize in January 2008. Surprise was expressed within the Irish media when she was beaten by Super Extra Bonus Party.
The Nameless was nominated for the Choice Music Prize in 2011.
|2008||Tales of Silversleeve||Irish Album of the Year 2007||Nominated|
|2011||The Nameless||Irish Album of the Year 2010||Nominated|
Meteor Music Awards
Davey won Best Irish Female at the 2008 Meteor Awards. Tales of Silversleeve was also nominated for Best Irish Album at the same event but lost to Paddy Casey. Casey later admitted he would have preferred if Davey had won the award. Upon being embraced by and photographed alongside Sinéad O'Connor at the launch, Davey remarked on how odd it was "to put your arms around someone you don't know".
|2008||Cathy Davey||Best Irish Female||Won|
|2008||Tales of Silversleeve||Best Irish Album||Nominated|
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Even the dreaded term 'singer-songwriter' sits more comfortably than it once did: “I used to hate the term because of all the connotations it implied, and I thought the two should be separated. I don’t mind the term now cause I accept it’s technically accurate, if you sing and you write songs, and I don’t really care what I’m described as.” Accompanied almost everywhere she goes by a magnificent friendly canine named Rex, who sits in on the interview, Davey adores animals and is especially besotted with parrots: [...] Cathy is no stranger to the frustration of writer's block: “I write in short quick spurts of manic creativity, which are followed by spells of borderline writer’s block where the writing comes really painfully and laboriously. I’m sure it’s a universal experience for anyone who writes, but it’s difficult to get out of, you can’t just wish it away – it just disappears when it’s had enough. It’s completely independent of whether I’m happy or blue, up or down. It tends to lift as soon as I stop fixating on it – I remember thinking my house was the problem, and I’d need to go to France in order to write, and I would have been scared without Rex. I got through it. You can’t chase the muse, or you’ll scare it away.”
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Cathy Davey introduces the world to her rather fab Something Ilk album when she descends on Cypress Avenue, Cork (September 16); Dolan's, Limerick (17); Roisin Dubh, Galway (18); and Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin (19). Having come to prominence as one of the featured vocalists on Autamata's My Sanctuary album, Davey signed last year to EMI Virgin and is receiving widespread media coverage cross-channel.
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Regular cohorts Cathy Davey and Carol Keogh provide the vocals and are in typically fine form.
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Cathy Davey, another long-term Autamata stalwart, sings on the album's most pop moment, Cloud Seekers.
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Noonan has also had some non-band flings during the last few years. He drummed with Cathy Davey, looked on at the acclaim achieved by Some Surprise , the song he wrote for the Cake Sale project, which was recorded by Gary Lightbody and Lisa Hannigan, and began to muse about making a different kind of record. After all, he knows that 2009 will be all about the new album and continuing to make friends away from these shores.
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The former is the latest venture from Conor O'Brien, formerly of The Immediate. When he hasn't been playing guitar with Cathy Davey, he has been quietly demoing songs and playing a select few gigs.
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Davey's first gig, she recalls, "was probably An Emotional Fish. I wanted to go to Metallica but my mum was too scared I'd brain damage myself! I think I saw An Emotional Fish with The Stunning on St. Stephen's Green."
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My Lovely Horse Rescue, a charity special to the hearts of singers Cathy Davey and Neil Hannon
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Listening to her debut, it's easy to see why the gamine Davey caused such frenzied consternation in A&R circles upon her signing to EMI. Not only is her voice elfin, immediate and distinct the songs are also hugely compelling. They are digestible without being lightweight, austere in places without seeming detached. 'Clean & Neat' beats with its own distinctive pulse, while 'Hammerhead' and 'Go Make It' are particularly soft and touching. Like a slightly less cutesy Nina Hynes, or a less visceral PJ Harvey, Davey's music is unashamedly sexy, almost precocious in places, but still retains a stamp of class.
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There are echoes of Joni Mitchell circa Hissing of Summer Lawns – pared down, sophisticated acoustic pop with jazzy inflections, playful 'oooos and 'aaahs', melodies that skip delicately but steadily.
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At home, she hangs out at the Roisin Dubh in Galway . . . the heart of live music in the city. She used to be "one of the night clubber chicks" until she saw the apparent error of her ways. She likes Cathy Davey, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Roisin Murphy.
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Songstress and platinum selling artist, Cathy Davey joined Ryan and played her number one single "Reuben" live in studio. Cathy is playing in Tripod Friday 27th February.
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Along with The Tycho Brahe's Carol Keogh, the pair provide a tantalising and ethereal vocal element to Ken McHugh's quirky electro-acoustic project. Having met while working on this project, Ken and Cathy formed a creative alliance and the pair disappeared back into the studio – this time with Ken squarely at the helm of the production desk. The fruits of Cathy's labours – a mixture of otherworldly indie and soft space age melodica – certainly touched a nerve with various music bosses and resulted in an A&R scrum that eclipsed even the high-profile signing of The Thrills.
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Almost uniquely, she never played live until a while after she'd been signed. "I didn't gig and perform because I couldn't get the sound that I wanted on my own and I couldn't pay the musicians. I didn't want to be in a band, I wanted to be solo. All these different elements mean that you have to have a bit of money behind you. I've done three tours now, which have been great and have really got me out of my shell and I'm enjoying it."
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Davy swoops and yelps her way through proceedings with her distinctive voice, inviting comparisons with others before deciding that she'd rather be completely unique if it's all the same with you. The other three tracks are no slouches either and Hot Press' decision to make her one of our ones to watch for the year looks to be have been a rather nifty choice.
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Best personal moment? The day I found out I was playing support on the Supergrass and Graham Coxon tours.
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She headlines Cork, Cyprus Ave (May 26); Limerick, Upstairs @ Dolans (28); Galway, Roisin Dubh (29); Belfast, Speakeasy (30); Dundalk, Spirit Store (31). The tour will be the first time fans can get an earful of her second album, tentatively titled Silversleeve. It's the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Something Ilk, which was her first LP for Parlophone.
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The next step was hooking up with producer and co-writer Liam Howe (the guy from the Sneaker Pimps who produced Cathy Davey's last album, among other releases).
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Tales Of… is produced by Sneaker Pimps man Liam Howe, and preceded on September 21 by its flagship single, 'Reuben'.
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Two weeks ago I saw her with her band playing in a small, full venue in the Eurosonic festival in Groningen. It looked like a mini school gym from the 1970s and before the gig, the enthusiastic compere ensured everyone (previously lounging around on the floor) stood up for his favourite act.
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Hoping to woo the record company, publishing, TV & film soundtrack sourcing and concert promoter masses are Cathy Davey (pictured), Iain Archer, Paddy Casey, Oppenheimer, Fight Like Apes, Channel One, Delorentos, Distractors, Driving By Night, Laura Izibor and The Bleedin' Bleedins.
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Parlophone dropped me last summer, I was in good company though, as they dropped pretty much everyone on their books. It's no big deal, I had been dreaming of an independent life for several years so it was nothing scary.
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Cathy Davey heads the line-up Cork X Southwest, which takes place in The Showgrounds, Skibbereen in July. Main Stage – Cathy Davey, Jape, Afel Bocoum & Alkibar, The Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Avutar, The Church, Television Room, Chucklehead & Gorbachov
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Indiependence was first established in 2006, and has seen international acts such as The Proclaimers perform, although the focus is primarily on popular Irish acts. Last year Cathy Davey, Gemma Hayes and Fight Like Apes pleased the crowds for no charge.
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IRISH ACTS such as Cathy Davey, Kila and Liam Ó Maoinlaí along with African musicians Vieux Farka Touré and Kenny Gilmore will play a free Dublin concert to mark Africa Day.
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A host of Irish and African artists will perform at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on May 24th to celebrate Africa Day. Cathy Davey, Liam Ó Maonlai and Kila will be joined by the likes of Vieux Farka Touré and Niwel Tsumbu. www.irishaid.ie.
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Thus Faction ONE is almost a meeting of the old and the new ethos, a small Irish label release featuring a selection of bands who have struck deals with the likes of Big Cat, Fierce Panda, Vertigo, Atlantic and EMI, as well as a few bedroom pioneers. [...] Cathy Davy seems unable to extricate the actual melody of 'Cannonballs' from its complicated self, so its Republic of Loose who take the top honours with the previously unheard 'Comeback Girl'.
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Death, nature and love rejoin forces as Haunted! cements Turpin's commitment to pop, this time allowing r'n’b to sashay to the fore. Here, dancefloor fillers built on retro electronics, disco bass, synth embellishments and back-up singers sit alongside tracks such as the gloomy Red Elk (where Cathy Davey guests).
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The only ones to get it right are non-Irish blues singer Eric Bibb ( Dancing Queen ), Lisa Hannigan ( Upside Down ) and Cathy Davey ( I Feel Love ).
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The glam stomp of The Sweet Spot , featuring guest vocals from Cathy Davey, throws a bit of a googly – it sounds like it may be about something naughty, but methinks it's actually a cricket term. No such ambiguity in Jiggery Pokery , a bitter, barrelhouse reminiscence about the notorious Gatting Ball of 1993.
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Her live performances have been consistently enriching – witness her tremendous Electric Picnic performance last year (which even Elbow failed to worm their way into the packed tent to witness). There's no better female songwriter in Irish music right now.
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Then last year, as if over-compensating for the Divine Comedy victory, the jokers in the pack Super Extra Bonus Party took home the €10,000 cheque, to a general air of bemusement and bewilderment. Many asked: how, exactly, was Cathy Davey overlooked?
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Some folks were very upset that this Kildare collective snatched the Choice Music Prize from the likes of Adrian Crowley and Cathy Davey, but there's no doubting their infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy.
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Dublin's Aslan won the Best Irish Band award, Best Irish Female went to Cathy Davey, Duke Special scooped Best Male and Paddy Casey won Best Irish Album for 'Addicted to Company'. The Blizzards won Best Irish Live Performance for their Oxegen gig last summer.
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Singer Cathy Davey won Best Irish Female while Best Irish Male went to Duke Special at Friday's glitzy ceremony at the RDS.
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At the start of the year, Addicted to Company won the Meteor Award for Best Album, which was great, even if I think Cathy Davey's album should have got it.
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