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Niall Connolly | Brother, the Fight is Fixed

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Brother, the Fight is Fixed

by Niall Connolly

Guttural urban folk with memorable hooks, found sounds, brilliant lyrics and glimmers of electronic inventiveness.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Don't Go to Canada
1:55 $0.99
2. Jesus is Coming (and I Can't Pay the Rent)
4:01 $0.99
3. Be There If I have to Swim
5:13 $0.99
4. Sum of Our Parts
4:50 $0.99
5. America
3:03 $0.99
6. Lion Tamer
6:48 $0.99
7. The Boys are in the Kitchen Sink
3:26 $0.99
8. A Child is a Child
3:48 $0.99
9. 99 Cent Dream
4:44 $0.99
10. Skin and Bones
5:08 $0.99
11. Away with the Birds
1:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 2001, Niall Connolly recorded his debut album using money raised from donating his body for medical research.

In 2010, Niall Connolly funded his fourth album using money from pre-sales to fans across the globe.

Already hailed as a startling new work, Brother, The Fight Is Fixed is Niall Connolly’s fourth studio album. Recorded and mixed in Brooklyn, New York, the album is a remarkable collection of Connolly's most mature, complex, and powerful work to date. Steeped in the richness of his experience, the deftness of his pen, and the strength of his imagination, Connolly's lyrics evidence the well-honed craft of an honest and watchful storyteller. Often blending the personal with the political, Connolly creates imagery that sears its mark onto the consciousness of listeners, set against the backdrop of an urban folk sound.

Hailing from Athens, GA, co-producer E.W. Harris lends his powers of sonic virtuosity and invention to the work. Weaving elements of electronica, americana, alternative percussion and found sounds into the composition, Harris helps bring Connolly' work to new territories.

From New Mexico to Budapest, Niall Connolly has played over 200 concerts in 10 countries in the last year. Performing at festivals, embassies, theaters, cinemas, bookshops, hot springs, rooftops and basement bars, Connolly has built a fanbase as loyal as it is diverse. In fact, this album was funded entirely through an online campaign supported by fans worldwide. He is, at heart, an astonishingly talented storyteller and Brother, The Fight Is Fixed spirals through time from the marshy landscapes of Cork, Ireland to the overspill of the modern metropolis.

Lauded by New York's Death and Taxes as “being at the head of a new breed of politically engaged eloquent singer-songwriters emerging from New York’s most populous borough" , Cork-born Connolly has crafted a highly regarded niche for himself as one of the leading lights in the New York music scene, curating a variety of music nights each week in the city that never sleeps.

Niall Connolly is on tour in Europe from JUly 1st , please check website for more information.



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This album is just magnificent. I love all of it. I've been listening to Niall for a few years and this is the gem in the last few albums. Everything from the delicate Be There if I have to Swim, to the toe-tapping Jesus is Coming, to the simply sublime Skin and Bones makes you want to listen again and again and again and again and again. Magic...


A Great Record!
This is a great record, exciting, inventive, and most of all packed with incredible songs.

Steven Capozzola

This guy has great songs, and sings with a lot of heart
I'm a Niall Connolly fan. He writes great melodies, great lyrics. Just interesting songs, with a lot of soul. I think this album is his best.

Lester Bangs

The Tangent is Complete
While ‘The Future Tense’ was a transitional album, thematically and aurally, ‘Brother..’ illustrates the completed metamorphosis of this fine talent from the low-fi modern folkster of his first two albums into a purveyor of a lyric-driven hybrid of Americana, indie and classic songwriting styles. ‘Sum of our Parts’ and ‘Jesus is Coming’ recall Wilco in their ‘Summerteeth’ prime, and soar in their expressivity and intensity beyond much of what passes as melodic pop-rock in the Pitchfork wasteland. ‘A Child is a Child’ calls to mind Billy Bragg at his most sonically accessible, bravely tackling political ideology with Connolly’s characteristic humanistic slant. And yet he hasn’t lost touch with his ability to skilfully convey the raw and intensely personal, with ‘Be There If I have To Swim’ representing another fine example on his unique delivery of the interior landscape interwoven in story-telling traditions. Production from EW Harris, non-intrusive but at time playful and inventive, deserves special mention, as presentation of such an eclectic mix of styles as a coherent work has proven beyond many a producer of many a fine songwriter and Connolly can be thankful for finding his man here.