The Sky From Here
The Leitrim based singer/songwriter Perry Blake is known internationally for the delicate, downtempo, melancholic style of his songs and his soft singing voice. Since releasing his eponymous debut album (Co-written with Graham Murphy) to massive critical acclaim across Europe in 1998, he has released a string of critically acclaimed albums, has scored film soundtracks and even published a children's book. His most recent album 'Songs of Praise' was released by the UK based label Moochin’ About in Autumn 2019 to excellent reviews.
He joined us earlier this year to record an exclusive live show that we are delighted to share as part of The Sky From Here Music series.
A new song commissioned by The Dock specially for the concert series features in this concert alongside other new and older material from Perry’s repertoire.
"The song I've written for this project (Let's Fall in Love) is loosely based on peoples experience of lockdown in North Leitrim and the effects it can have on relationships. Many people who normally work away from home have spent the past year in one place. There can be an almost monastic stillness to this new reality but it can also be difficult for couples used to distractions such as travel and wider interactions in their day to day lives.
The song is based on a fictional couple who are simply trying to fall in love again." Perry Blake
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Born in County Sligo, North West Ireland on May 10th 1970 Perry Blake is of Irish and French Huguenot ancestry.
He released his eponymous debut album (Co-written with Graham Murphy) to massive critical acclaim across Europe in 1998. It became a big seller in France and went on to establish him as one of the most highly regarded Singer-songwriters in Europe, appearing regularly on French TV. The Black Sessions were recorded in 1998. His first 2 singles ‘The Hunchback of San Francisco’ and ‘Genevieve’ were Jo Whiley singles of the week on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.
Blake’s second album Still Life was released in 1999 and also charted highly in France. It featured Steve Jansen (Japan) on drums and Glenn Garrett (Brendan Perry/Dead Can Dance) on bass. The album was also mostly co-written with long term collaborator Graham Murphy.
In 2001 Blake released the live album Broken Statues recorded with a full orchestra at Cirque Royale, Brussels in front of an audience of 2,000. In 2002 Perry Blake released California to massive critical acclaim, the album reached a much wider audience across Europe and featured the hit singles This Life and Ordinary Day. The album featured Glenn Garrett on bass, Neil Conti (David Bowie/Prefab Sprout) on Drums and Rick Carter (The Sisters of Mercy) on Keyboards California was mostly co-written with Italian composer Marco Sabiu who collaborated with – and was mentored by the late, great Ennio Morricone.
In 2003 Perry collaborated with French electronic artist Emilie Simon who wrote the original music for March of the Penguins and was awarded Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2016.