Longtime Ball of Wax listeners might remember the Irish band Music for Dead Birds from Volume 12. I’ve wondered over the past few years what they might be up to, and I was quite pleased to receive an email yesterday from Jimmy Monaghan about a new project. It looks like MfDB is still a going concern, but he has recently started Christian Bookshop, a new duo project with Aisling Walsh “to make friendly folk music.”
Well, sort of friendly, anyway. This is definitely a dark, slightly twisted take on a pretty, folky sound, which is exactly how I like it. Lead track “Singin’ Freebird” is a perfect introduction to this approach:
I’m singin’ Freebird to anyone passing my way,
And if you don’t like what I do then fuck you.