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Jumping in at the folk end

Lightbody and Buck try to confuse us

The brain child of Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody, Tired Pony has made it over the final hurdle.

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hispers about Gary Lightbody’s side project started back in May 2009 after he revealed his secret wish to embark on a country music side project.

Speaking with NME at the time, the Northern Ireland man expressed his love for the country music, saying: “I always genre, saying: “I always thought I had a country album in me and it turns out I did.” It’s hard to believe that Lightbody found the time with the hectic schedule of his alternative-rock band Snow Patrol who have shot to international fame after their single ‘Chasing Cars’ was featured on Grey’s Anatomy back in 2006. With a cohort of talented contributors such as Zooey Deschanel, as well as an impressive list of band members that include: Richard Colburn, of Belle & Sebastian, Iain Archer, Miriam Kaufmann and REM’s Peter Buck, Tired Pony have created such such a stir athat are high have created stirexpectations that expectations are and highthe andpresthe sure is on Lightbody to deliver. With the inclusion and input pressure is on Lightbody to deliver. With the inclusion and by Buck, who Lightbody has referred to as one of his "allinput by Buck, who Lightbody has referred to as one of his time heroes, ” critics werewere salivating at the awaited "all-time heroes, ” critics salivating at eagerly the eagerly awaited release of Tired Pony’s debut album ‘The Place We Ran From’ this summer.

Having played their first ever live show at London's Forum venue in Kentish Town on July 14, initial reports of the outing were wholly positive. Joined on stage by 2009 Mercury Music Prize nominee and fellow Irish singersinger-songwriter Lisa Hannigan who replaced American actress and songwriter Lisa Hannigan who replaced American actress songstress Deschanel on song "Get"Get on the the woozy and songstress Deschanel on song onRoad," the Road," the subdued sound was perfectly complimented with Hannigan’s woozy subdued sound was perfectly complimented with melodic voice. However since the album has been reHannigan’s melodic voice. However sinceitself the album itself ceived somewhat half-heartedly by the industry with mainhas been received somewhat half-heartedly by the industry stream music critics rushing to slate Lightbody’s decision to with mainstream music writers rushing to slate Lightbody’s dip his feet into the waters of folk music, the reaction from decision to dip his feet into the waters of folk music, the the general public has beenpublic encouraging. to the States reaction from the general has beenTaking encouraging. in October, Tired Pony are hoping for a less cynical reaction Taking to the States in October, Tired Pony are hoping for a to their efforts acrosstothe Atlantic. less cynical reaction their efforts across the Atlantic. Tired Pony’s Pony’s debut debut album, album, ‘The ‘The Tired Place We Ran From’ is available Place We Ran From’ is available now from from Fiction Fiction records. records. now www.tiredpony.com www.tiredpony.com

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