This 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 an extraordinarily proficient songwriter and the aim of the Love Colin project is to highlight his many other beautiful songs by inviting other 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.
This song is particularly of the time we are all living through. When so many of us have lost somebody close to us, it’s inevitable that our thoughts turn to the many things left unsaid. We always think we have more time.
‘Too Many Times’ written by Colin Vearncombe was originally released on the album ‘Black’ in 1991, re-appears on both ‘Live at The Bassline, Johannesburg’ in 2001 and in 2016 on the ‘Any Colour You Like’ special collection. This recording features Liam Ó’Maonlaí (vocals, Piano), Paul Tiernan (acoustic guitar), Maurice Seezer (Hammond organ), James O’Leary (electric guitar) & John Fitzgerald (bass).
One of Ireland’s best-loved musicians and singers, Liam Ó Maonlaí is himself well regarded in both rock and traditional music. Spanning over a quarter-century, Liam’s career has seen him achieve number one hits in over twenty countries, from playing with Aboriginal musicians in the Australian outback to recording with some of the world’s best-known musicians including Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Carlos Nunes, Kila, Donal Lunny, Eddie Reader, Shane McGowan, Tim Finn, Steve Wickham, David Keenan, U2 and Van Morrison.
A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, painter, dancer, who was once described, by Bono, as ‘The best white boy soul singer in the world’, he’s also noted as one of Ireland’s best Sean Nós (traditional Irish) singers.
Liam formed Hothouse Flowers in 1985 with schoolmate Fiachna Ó Braonáin and together they produced over half a dozen albums not including compilations and live recordings and continue to gig in Ireland and abroad. He also released solo albums Rian and To be Touched, the former of which was turned into a dance show with Michael Keegan-Dolan. In 2014 he released Ré, an album recorded with Rian dance show band-mates.