Greater Belfast

by Little King

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about

C’mere till I tell ye, ‘mere till you see
Belfast
In psyche and geography
I’m talking about the area greater

Made with the patter, slang and caustic black humour of Belfast, this autobiographical song cycle reflects on 27-year-old Little King (Matt Regan’s) relationship with Northern Ireland’s capital city. 'Greater Belfast' is an exploration of complex feelings of love and hate for a divided home, an examining and ignoring of its history, and a look towards a future unknown. A moving portrait of a city still aching from the violence of its recent past, this tender new work cuts through the sleech and speaks to the heart.

Alongside the live performance co-produced with Tron Theatre, Little King has collaborated with Julian Corrie aka Miaoux Miaoux (Chvrches, Phantom Band and Mogwai remixer) to create an Edinburgh Fringe album release which will showcase the music and lyricism of the show.

“I want Belfast to become greater and more meaningful in people's hearts and minds. The show can be said to be completely, and yet not at all, about Belfast. It's about looking to the future, and hearing the voices of the past. It's about examining heritage and questioning what one person can do for the place they live, or the place they are from. In the show, the stories of Belfast become prisms, or frames for pictures of hope and despair, optimism and pain, hurt and healing. I feel compelled to share these stories, and the Fringe is the perfect platform for sharing what Belfast's story has to tell. People can expect the patter and black humour of Belfast, the warmth of it's people, the violence of its past, and the hope of it's future.”
Matt Regan

credits

released August 5, 2016

Matt Regan - Vocals
Annemarie McGahon - Viola
Susan Appelbe - Cello
Katie Rush - Violin
Kirsty Main - Violin

Words and music by Matt Regan (with exceptions in track 4 and track 10)

Track 4 ‘Greater Belfast’ contains excerpts from

‘Here Comes the Summer’
Written by John Joseph O’Neill
Published by West Bank Songs Ltd/Universal/MCA Music Ltd

‘My Perfect Cousin’ - The Undertones
Written by Damian Stephen O’Neill & Michael Brady
Published by West Bank Songs Ltd/Universal/MCA Music Ltd

Track 10 ‘Alternative Ulster / Reticence’ contains excerpts from

‘Alternative Ulster’
Written by Jake Burns & Gordon Ogilvie
Published by Union Square Music Songs Ltd., a BMG Company

‘Reticence’
Written by Cathal Cully, Claire Miskimmin, Philip Quinn & Gib Cassidy
Published by Domino Publishing Company Ltd.

Recorded in 2016 at La Chunky Studios and engineered by Johnny Smillie

Produced by Julian Corrie
Mastered by Gavin Thomson
Illustration and design by Ross McAuley

Made with support from Tron Theatre and Creative Scotland.

With thanks to Claire, Willoughby, Cairn String Quartet, Michael John O’Neill, Jamie Gilmour, Duncan McCrone, Anna Hodgart, Alun Woodward, Jim Harbourne, Barry McCall, Ryan Jones

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Little King Glasgow, UK

Matt Regan is a freelance musician working on his own music, music facilitation and music for performance. Having studied classical music at Queens University Belfast, he moved to Glasgow six years ago. He has been nominated for a CATs award, awarded young innovators funding for Swim Team and was part of Enormous Yes’ Platform 18 award at the Arches. www.reganmatt.com ... more

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