Jimmy Monaghan

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Jimmy Monaghan
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Monaghan performing at 93 Feet East, London in 2011.
Background information
Born (1988-02-25) 25 February 1988 (age 29)
Origin Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Website www.musicfordeadbirds.eu

Jimmy Monaghan is an Irish musician from Belmullet, Ireland. He is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Galway based anti-folk band Music for Dead Birds.[1] He also releases music under various other titles, including "The Crytearions".[2]


He was born in Danbury, Connecticut and moved to Ireland as a child. As a teenager he was an amateur boxer, winning four Irish national titles.[3][4] He won a silver medal at the 2004 Four Nations tournament boxing for Ireland and received the Western People Sports Star of the year award the same year.[5] During his time representing Ireland internationally, he faced future German contender Gottlieb Weiss[6]. His first album with Music for Dead Birds was released in 2009 by the Irish record label Rusted Rail.[7] In July 2012 Psychonavigation Records released an album of his instrumental piano recordings under his Irish name Seamus O'Muineachain.[8][9] The Irish Times reviewed the album positively, calling it "a tremulous if tranquil success."[10] Bleep.com said of the album "He reveals ten tracks of delicately crafted classicism, a unique piano soundtrack indebted with heart-wrenching cinematic emotion."[11] To promote the album he performed at The Electric Picnic festival in 2012.[12] The album received radio play on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation[13] and the song 'I Am Always in Your Power' was used in the Emmy Award nominated series Beat Girl.[14][15] In 2013, he began releasing lo-fi punk music under the pseudonym 'The Crytearions'.[16] Having only given one performance under this name,[17] the recordings found a following on-line from internet radio stations such as Dandelion Radio[18] and music blogs including Tiny Mix Tapes.[19][20] In 2015 he appeared in a Maltese stage production of Butterflies Are Free which ran at Saint James Cavalier in Valletta.[21] In 2016 an image of him cycling on the Aran Islands was used on an Irish post stamp.[22] In 2017 he produced and released the instrumental Cloves, the second album to be released under his Irish name Seamus O'Muineachain. The track 'Nightdreaming' was broadcast on Star's End[23] and the track 'Forest Frost' on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta [24]. Shortly after its release, the album was The Irish Times New Release of The Week[25]. A review on highbrowse.ie referred to the album as 'an accomplished snapshot of rural Ireland.'[26]


With Music for Dead Birds

With The Crytearions

  • The Crytearions, 2013, Dramacore[27]
  • I See What It Is And I Am Scared, 2013 [28]
  • These Songs Hate You, 2014 [29]



  1. ^ "Music For Dead Birds to release debut mini-album". Advertiser.ie. 9 April 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.swnk.org/reviews/the-crytearions-i-see-what-it-is-and-i-am-scared/
  3. ^ http://www.geesalaboxingclub.com/membersformer-members.html
  4. ^ "Club History – Geesala Boxing Club". Geesalaboxingclub.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.mayopics.com/sport/WesternPeopleAwards/2004/glry/index/mu6h0060__monaghans_tn.html
  6. ^ http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl/DualsLeague/2003/DualIRL_BEL-GER.html
  7. ^ http://www.ondarock.it/recensioni/2009_deadbirds.htm
  8. ^ "New music from Jimmy Monaghan". Advertiser.ie. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Seamus O'Muineachain – Seamus O'Muineachain | Release Information, Reviews and Credits". AllMusic. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Seamus O'Muineachain – Seamus O'Muineachain (Psychonavigation) on Bleep – Your Source for Independent Music – Download MP3, WAV & FLAC – Buy Vinyl, CD & Merchandise". Bleep.com. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Clashfinder General :: Electric Picnic 2012 Clashfinder". Clashfinder.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Seamus O'Muineachain – Seamus O'Muineachain – Quiet Space – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_RoBGpNGfs
  15. ^ http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/beat-girl-nominated-for-emmy-award-29631762.html
  16. ^ http://www.swnk.org/reviews/the-crytearions-i-see-what-it-is-and-i-am-scared/
  17. ^ http://holdupnow.com/an-interview-with-the-crytearions/
  18. ^ http://www.dandelionradio.com/artist/The+Crytearions
  19. ^ http://www.tinymixtapes.com/mixtape/angry-at-potatoes-confused
  20. ^ http://lo-pie.com/review-the-crytearions/
  21. ^ http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2015-05-11/stage/Butterflies-Are-Free-6736135340
  22. ^ http://www.theirishworld.com/wild-atlantic-way-new-stamps/
  23. ^ http://starsend.org/playlists/08.06.17.html
  24. ^ http://www.rte.ie/rnag/an-taobh-tuathail/programmes/2017/0724/891864-an-taobh-tuathail-monday-24-july-2017/?clipid=2545267
  25. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/the-10-best-new-irish-tracks-of-the-week-1.3182352
  26. ^ http://highbrowse.ie/music/reviews/cloves.html
  27. ^ http://www.dramacore.com/info/136.htm
  28. ^ http://thefirenote.com/2013/11/05/the-crytearions-i-see-what-it-is-and-i-am-scared-album-review/
  29. ^ http://bandjack.com/crytearions-these_songs_hate_you/
  30. ^ https://nomoreworkhorse.com/2017/07/17/seamus-omuineachain-cloves-album-review/