Mackerel The Cat

Mackerel The Cat

 Dublin, Leinster, IRL

Sinister folk and gentle shanties drawn from stories and dreams, and sicked up onto keys and strings.


Mackerel the Cat

Began in early January of this year. Since then they have played in The Bernard Shaw, Whelans and The Sugar Club. We have also done interviews and performed a track for Balcony TV and a Ruby Session upstairs in Doyles.

The name for the project comes from a book by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami called The Wind Up Bird Chronicle.

The instrumentation used by the group is wide ranging and includes: piano, guitar, double bass, drums, glockenspiel, melodica, meditation bells, static(via detuned radios) and cello.

Two of the musicians who play with the group studied jazz performance at Newpark Music Centre, and the other two are currently studying contemporary classical composition in Trinity College.


EP to be released in the Autumn, Endless Penances and Gone Fishing have both had radio airplay and internet radio streaming and are floating in the ether.

Set List

1 set, typically 10 songs over an hour comprising of any of the following:
Endless Penances
A Picture of a Book
Parallel Spiralellograms
Down by the Moor
The Peoples Act of Love
The Conjuror and the Biloquist
Chaplin in London
Revenge of the Forest Spirit
Swallowing Light
Gone Fishing
No Questions Pease
My Brother