Roesy

Roesy

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

“Roesy has a relaxed, gentle-voiced singing style that evokes shades of Nick Drake without sacrificing its own originality” (The Evening Herald)

Biography

Roesy is back with his fifth studio album Fable, due for release April 23rd. It is the work of an artist who despite diversifying his talents across a broader spectrum of the arts in recent times, has clearly not lost his true love for creating music. Perhaps influenced to some degree during stints living in other cities, his Irishness still shines through in this beautiful collection of honest reflections.

Roesy’s music career kicked off at 17 when he signed to Warner Chappell, and between Dublin and London recorded, co-produced and released his first album Sketch the Day, Paint the Night. His next two albums, The Spirit Store and Only Love is Real were self-produced on return trips home, evolving from spending a few months at a time in cities around Europe, USA, Asia and South America. These works lead to nominations for Best New Irish Act in the 2004 Meteor Awards and in the Traditional/Folk category in the 2005 Hot Press Awards.

Having received massive success with his last album Colour Me Colourful and a huge amount of airplay with the hit single One of the Same, Roesy soundproofed the basement of his Amsterdam apartment where he was living and got to work writing and recording Fable. He mixed the album in New York, where he had previously been picked up by Wardlaw Banks and Downtown Music, currently promoting him in the USA

Fable is arguably Roesy’s most down to earth album to date, reflecting on the obstacles we face at the dawn of a new decade, moving between faith and frustration and covering themes of love, fear and the journey between the two. It’s the work of a musician who is completely comfortable in his ability and continues to remain true to himself, this shines through from beginning to end.

Lyrics

Shake the devil down

Written By: Roesy

Knotted like a string
Wound up like a spring
Trying to shake the devil down

It’s a web you weave
That sadness cannot leave
Trying to shake the devil down
And put him back down underground

Half light burn away
To a brand new day
Trying to shake the devil down

A buzz is for the bees
The breeze is for the trees
Trying to shake the devil down
See he belong down underground

I trade ghosts for the lullaby
I see salvation in your eye
Shape shift me, walk with me, stay a while
Trying to shake the devil down
And put him back down underground

I wonder are you there
Now Spring is in the air
Trying to shake the devil down

Ah red young robin breast
Gotta do our very best
Trying to shake the devil down
And put him back down underground

I trade ghosts for the lullaby
I see salvation in your eye
Hold me close and let me sleep
Into your arms my soul to keep

Shape shift me, walk with me, stay a while
Trying to shake the devil down
Shape shift me, walk with me, stay a while
Trying to shake the devil down
Trying to shake the devil down

Cat gut and wind

Written By: Roesy

A break in the waves
A break in my lips that your name came through
Slap the tide lapping
Your eyes are entrapping my heart to you

I know you’ll be gone by morning light
It is what it is
I won’t try to flight it my love
My love

A privileged boy got no reason to cry
Hold your head up high
Better to have loved and so on you know how that story goes

Time doesn’t steal, it hangs in the air
It follows us ‘round and it has not a care for my love
My love

A wonderful night what a wonderful kind of anywhere
I’m out of my shell and I’m hiding away but I couldn’t care

With catgut and wind I’m singing your tune
With the silver wheel it’s autumns moon my love
My love

Yeah with catgut and wind I’m singing your tune
With the silver wheel it’s autumns moon my love
My love
My love

No more lie

Written By: Roesy

I know I am the blossom
Of all that burns inside
I know I am the blossom
Of all that burns inside

I am walking
I’m walking
What I seek
I will find

If I tell myself
No more lie
No more lie
If tell myself
No more lie

I know I am the morning
That decides the day
I know I am the morning
That decides the day

When the night come
The night come
I need not be alone

If I tell myself
No more lie
No more lie
If tell myself
No more lie

The stone that shape the river
It softens then it dies
The stone that shapes the river
It softens then it dies

Walk on water
On water
And I will be home soon

If I tell myself
No more lie
No more lie
If tell myself
No more lie

The sun that lights the day
It shine on one and all
The sun that lights the day yeah
It shines on one and all

I feel the wind change
The wind change
And love blow through my soul

When I tell myself
No more lie
No more lie
If tell myself
No more lie

If I tell myself
No more lie

Hell bent on you

Written By: Roesy

I’m hell bent on you
Angels are easy to loose
They say love is blind
Is that why I can’t find you

I’m polishing silver
I’m digging for gold
Laying to bed with the sun
Old bones and rosary stones
And all that was once said and done

Oh mercy me
The looking glass looked at me
And I saw magic that I can’t quite put my finger on

We got lost in the gale
And the wind ran away with our song
My heart went right off the rails
And it felt like it never belonged
A rock of a girl, a jasmine pearl
She glowed red from afar
Pierced my heart with her spark
Then she left of a shooting star

Oh mercy me
The looking glass looked at me
And I saw magic that I can’t quite put my finger on

Oh I’m hell bent on you
Angels are easy to loose
They say that love is blind
Is that why I can’t find you

I’m polishing silver
I’m digging for gold
I’m laying to bed with the sun
Old bones and rosary stones
And all that was once said and done

Oh mercy me
The looking glass looked at me
And I saw magic that I can’t quite put my finger on
I saw magic
That I can’t put my finger on

I wandered on a star

Written By: Roesy

From the Gods
That jump from stone
And the broken bell
That hangs on alone

I wandered out on a star
I swear I did tonight

Collided with the heart and core
That words could never explore

I wandered out on a star
I swear I did tonight

My world it looked bright and brand new
And the dawn was a beautifully blue

I wandered out on a star
I swear I did tonight

This dance of flames and embers
Like a merry go around
Just hope my heart can remember
All the freedom that it’s found

When my tower of Babel burned
I found you when I returned

I wandered out on a star
I swear I did tonight

Discography

Sketch the Day, Paint the Night (bluecloak records 2001)
The Spirit Store (bluecloak records 2003)
Only Love Is Real (bluecloak records 2004)
Colour Me Colourful (N4 records 2006)
Backbone Flesh & The Fruit E P (bluecloak records 2007)

Set List

A Roesy show generally runs for 1 hour & 30 minutes