|Biography: "Hickey's 2nd solo album showcases his canny way with words and melody" Colm O Hare (Hot Press Magazine)
Paul Hickey was the frontman with 1980's Dublin outfit 'The Alsatians whose single '5 Honours and a 175' on the Libra label remains a classic in Ireland. The group disbanded in 1986 following several successful years gigging major Irish venues at the time including McGonagles, The TV Club, Liberty Hall, Cork City Hall and a stand out performance on the same bill as U2, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, Paul Brady and Clannad in Punchestown.
'Coolhouse' is Paul's second album. Hot Press Magazine's Colm O Hare enthused "Hickey's second solo album showcases his canny way with words and melody. The jaunty title track is the clear highlight here, but songs like 'Heuston Station' and 'Live Before You Die' are well worth hearing.
Coolhouse will be released in January and is, already, available on Paul's website www.paulhickeymusic.com . "The title track of Irishman Paul Hickey's second album is a fine thing conjuring up images of hot sweaty evenings in a hot sweaty bar with a hot sweaty lover." Jeremy Searle Americana-UK.com.
The album was produced by Frankie Lane and features the outstanding musicianship of Frankie, himself together with Paul Kelly (violin, banjo and mandolin) and Tom Courtney on drums. It, also, features the superb duo Sue Jefferson and Lou Holden of 'Choral Sex' on backing vocals.
As Paul, himself, articulates "Coolhouse came into being after almost 2 years of immense care and consideration, I wanted to present the songs in the best way possible to excite the listener."