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Eileen has sung for some of Irelands finest bands, (The Would Be’s, The Revenants, The Drays).
The Spirit of Oberlin is the first ever collection of songs penned by Eileen herself.
As a singer, Eileen’s powerful, unaffected singing style has been compared with Sandy Denny and Kirsty McColl but her sound – a blend of glistening guitar and vintage keyboards – draws on a range of influences such as Richard and Linda Thompson, Neil Young, Can, Patti Smith and Yo La Tengo.
Her song writing blends astute observations with razor sharp lyrics and a highly attuned pop sensibility. This collection is an enthralling and winningly confident debut from a songwriter who is in full control of her craft.
The Irish Times - "Many musicians and songwriters prefer to swap adulation for sitting in front of, and behind, mixing desks. One such is Eileen Gogan, who over the past 20 years has lent her talents to an array of Irish bands that have resolutely failed to win wide commercial favour. Not to worry – Gogan’s voice is drop-dead gorgeous, and on this, her debut under her own name, it arrives front and centre.
Named after John Frederick Oberlin, a 19th-century French pastor who dedicated his life’s work to social reform, the album exudes Byrds/Americana-influenced pop music smarts in songs such as Nothing’s for Certain, Murmuration and Day of Respite.
Intelligence seeps from every track, the cumulative effect, surely, of being someone who doesn’t see the value in following any dream that isn’t their own".