Championed early by fans such as Damien Dempsey and Nanci Griffith, who both took her under their wing with prestigious frontline support slots – wowed by the quality of her songwriting – Ireland’s Nicole Maguire now steps out into the limelight with her debut for IRL (Damien Dempsey, Sharon Shannon, The Wonder Stuff, Sinead O’Connor, Tinariwen).
Funded by the sale of her car, and working countless hours in two jobs, Nicole took off for the US to work with multiple Grammy nominee producer, Mitchell Froom, who wanted on-board simply from hearing one demo.
“What You Really Mean” features an amazing line-up of musicians recruited by Mitchell’s passion for the project, signing on the line simply for the love of the music: Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ drummer, Pete Thomas; Crosby Stills and Nash’s bass player, Bob Glaub and Val McCallum, guitarist for Sheryl Crow and Lucinda Williams. Backing vocals are handled by Vonda Shepard, the award winning singer from Ally McBeal. The final piece of the jigsaw is Grammy award-winning engineer, David Boucher.
Here is an album of profoundly emotional songs with a homespun lyricism that recalls Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Raitt’s early 70s recordings and Christine McVie’s poignant songcraft in Fleetwood Mac.
“What You Really Mean” can be purchased from any of the following:
iTunes Ireland: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/artist/nicole-maguire/id570366783