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Dogtail Soup featuring Gerry Thomas release ‘Two Churches’ for the Love, Colin Project

June 24, 2022

This extraordinary, powerful and emotional recording was captured as part of the Love Colin Project which is a celebration of the works of the late Colin Vearncombe aka Black. Although Colin is mostly remembered for his worldwide hit ‘Wonderful Life’, he was a very proficient songwriter and the aim of the Love Colin project is to highlight his many other  songs by inviting  singers and musicians to re-imagine them in their own style.  https://colinvearncombe.com/love-colin/

Dogtail Soup, the band originally formed by Colin Vearncombe, Camilla Griehsel, Fergus O’Farrell and Maurice Seezer in 2007 along with some of the other members of Interference,  got together in August 2021, in the middle of lockdown, with nine guest singers to record some of their favourite Colin Vearncombe and Black songs.

Two Churches, written by Colin Vearncombe, first appeared on the 2005 album ‘Between Two Churches’, which was the first Black album since 1993. Produced by Calum MacColl and recorded at Radio Park Studio, Johannesburg and Intimate Studio, London. It featured Colin on guitar and vocals with Concord Nkabinde on bass guitar, Barry Van Zyl on drums, Calum MacColl on guitar and backing vocals, Simon Edwards on additional bass and Liam Bradley on percussion. The song also appears on the ‘Any Colour You Like’ deluxe edition compilation. This emotive and powerful re-imagining for the Love, Colin project was recorded during the Dogtail Soup sessions in August last year and features vocalist Geraldine Thomas. Recorded in Lettercollum Studios in West Cork, Ireland, Geraldine, a long standing family friend knew Colin well, took on the guest vocals with Dogtail Soup, the band he had formed with Fergus O’Farrell from Interference, the legendary Irish band he had become associated with while living in West Cork. Dogtail Soup is comprised of Colin’s wife, Camilla Griehsel, on vocals, Maurice Seezer on piano, keyboards and vocals, Paul Tiernan on guitars and vocals, James O’Leary on guitars, John Fitzgerald on bass guitar and vocals and Anthony Noonan on drums and vocals—all of whom are part of the Interference collective. The song is a long-time favourite of Colin’s family and took on a special meaning to them and close family friends since his untimely passing in 2016. Geraldine Thomas hails from Berlin, Germany living in Ballydehob West Cork, Ireland via Detroit, USA. She is the vocalist for First Class and Coach, a highly regarded powerhouse of a band in Ireland’s alternative music scene. With a well-received debut album under their belt and another on the way, FCAC is currently performing live across Ireland and can frequently be heard on the airwaves of the nation’s top alternative rock radio shows. The video was commissioned by the Love, Colin project and directed by Aoise Tutty Jackson with cinematographer Adrian O’Connell. ” Look at what came to be my journey, between two churches….”

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