New Irish Sounds: Peter Delaney

The name: Peter Delaney.

The deal: Limerick-born songwriter, photographer and filmmaker Peter Delaney has been releasing music since 2007, when a ukulele-fuelled seven-tracker called Duck Egg Blue earned him support slots with Fionn Regan and The Swell Season. 2013 brings something new, a ten-track home-recorded LP called Witch Bottle, along with an Irish mini-tour and an appearance at this weekend’s Camden Crawl Dublin.

The sound: sweet, rustic and gorgeously unfussy.

Although first and foremost a fan of folk and traditional music, this creaky-voiced crooner could really slink into any genre, so emotive is his delivery and so uncomplicated his technique.

The first taster of Witch Bottle comes in the form of ‘My Eyes Are Blessed’, a fiendishly clever acoustic ballad which has been knocking around the Delaney repertoire since 2008, and featured on his Live In Amsterdam album in 2010. It finds the quick-witted songwriter inviting listeners to cut his nose off and set his ears on fire, all in the name of a little spiritual romance.

Elsewhere on the album, you’ll hear enough lilting melody and lyrical raconteurship to put you right to sleep. There’s even a track called ‘The Becalming’ for crying out loud.

If it’s a live preview you’re after, here’s Delaney and his trusty ukulele starring in a dreamy Myles O’Reilly short and putting his thoroughly un-Copper Face Jacks sound to work on some steps outside Copper Face Jacks…

He says: “It’s a very simple set-up, just me and the ukulele…” – from this Flip It TV interview.

I say: Simplicity in pop music can be pretty risky, but it works wonderfully for Delaney on this LP.

For lovers of: Hidden Highways, Kevin Murphy, Mossy Nolan.

In a word: peaceful.

What now? stream the full album here, and see him live at the Camden Crawl Dublin on Sunday in the Stag’s Head, hosted by Aoife Barry of Sweet Oblivion. You’ll also find him in Dolan’s, Limerick on May 11, De Burgos, Galway on May 24 and Upstairs in Whelan’s, Dublin on May 31.

Like: Peter Delaney on Facebook.

Follow: @PeterDelaney1 on Twitter.