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The best kept secret in music


"Posted by the Boom Boom Room"

“Making a welcome return to the Microset Sessions after an impressive debut last year, Cirque, with their talent for intricate songwriting blended with a soulful lead vocal will turn your heads and ears on!”. -

"Review of Irish Music Network gig at a showcase night in The Hub"

“The evening kicked off nicely shortly after 8pm when Cirque took to the stage. Their modern rock feel filled the venue as did the atmospheric candlelight. Cirque front man Denis Collins was truly in top form as he belted out their repertoire of energetic rock including “Blind Water” and “Distance from Her” which seemed to resonate energy through the growing crowd. Towards the end of their set one could feel a buzz in the room which could only be attributed to the mix of forceful music and well delivered lyrics”. -

""Auditions" review"

"The debut album from this irish based six piece released on their own label, mellow acoustic based sounds with lots of lovely piano, organ and almost spanish sounding guitar picking". - Road Records


Cirque EP-released December 2003.
"Auditions" album-released January 2005.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Cirque formed early in 2003 when Frank Maher (guitar), Larry O'Dwyer (keyboards) and Denis Collins (vocals) got drunk and decided to definitely form a band. Six times. On the sixth occasion, upon sobering, they followed up on it. Larry had been writing words from his mind in some form or another for years and Frank had been smithing some fine tunes to woo the ladies. The first Cirque songs sprung from this melodious well. Denis had been trying to convince people he could sing ever since he was turned down for the school choir in 1989. That summer, Paul McGrath (bass/backing vocals) and Eric Downer (guitar) were recruited. Eric arrived in a hail of power chords while Paul windmilled his way to the heart of the band. A tenuous balance ensued. Cirque decided to introduce themselves to Dublin audiences by way of a five song EP recorded on their own Boxbedroom Productions. Cirque initially concentrated on writing material and performing acoustic sets at some of Dublins more intimate venues, including The Boom Boom Room and Isaac Butts. In December 2003, Cirque shot their first video for the song Blindwater under the direction of amateur filmmaker, Thady Kavanagh. It was during the making of this video that the final piece of Cirque was found, Mark Gordon (percussion). It was Marks rhythmic acting skills that alerted the band to his talents. And no, it wasn't that type of video. Six piece Cirque set off on a busy year performing throughout Dublins best known music venues taking in Whelans, Eamonn Dorans and The Voodoo Lounge along the way. Highlight gigs included headlining an Irish Music Network showcase night, performing at the Trinity Filmmakers showcase night in The Village to a capacity audience and an intimate performance in The Lobby Bar in Cork. During this period Cirque built up a strong fan base receiving airplay and performing live on local Dublin radio stations NEAR FM and ANNA LIVIA FM. Between gigs that provided finance, Cirque were busy writing and recording their debut album Auditions. Recorded in part at Boxbedroom and in Shays Studio in Loughrea by producer Shay Leon, Auditions was warmly received by fans following its Sugar Club launch in January 2005. Auditions is stocked and available for purchase in Road Records. The band have been keeping a low profile in the last year putting together new material but have hit the circuit again with a new sound set, five members and a desire to play bigger and better live gigs. The newer creations are less acoustic and more rock out but never losing the melodic plot. Larry has been sent on a fact finding mission to Germany.