Originally from Cork, Ireland, Cathal Coughlan was a founder and singer of acclaimed 80s/90s groups Microdisney and Fatima Mansions, and widely considered to be one of Ireland’s most revered singer/songwriters, beloved by fans of caustic literate lyricism and erudite songcraft. Since the demise of Fatima Mansions in the mid-90s he released five acclaimed solo albums, took part in an array of collaborations and guest appearances, and along with his Microdisney bandmates was the first recipient of the IMRO/NCH Trailblazer Award, which celebrates culturally important albums by iconic Irish musicians, songwriters and composers (1985’s The Clock Comes Down The Stairs).
His sixth solo album, Song Of Co-Aklan, was released by Dimple Discs on March 26, 2021.
“Song Of Co-Aklan definitively affirms Coughlan’s place amid Ireland’s poetic pantheon” ~ MOJO (4 stars)
“..shows off a rich Scott Walker-ish voice that’s aging superbly. A welcome return” ~ Uncut
“‘Song Of Co-Aklan’ is a strong contender for Best Irish Album of 2021. You can consider this article a five star review.” ~ Daily Mirror, Ireland
“…stalks the line between soaring rock and cabaret” ~ Brooklyn Vegan
“Devilish genius… has always been a joyous thorn in the side of Irish alternative music; erudite, scathing, never afraid to tread his own, rockier path” ~ Backseat Mafia
“Coughlan is a wise and modest artist with big ideas, a witty and clever songwriter with a biting yet endearing edge” ~ Amplify Music Magazine