New album Doubles out now on VHF Records
Doubles by Cian Nugent
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Thursday, November 18, 2010


Yesterday I had the supreme pleasure of collaborating with Chris and Stephanie Hladowski (The Family Elan) for a new musical work which accompanied Bob Quinn's fascinating film "Atlantean" (not The Atlantean Irish) as a part of Leeds International Film Festival. A film I can recommend to everyone. Many thanks to Harry Wheeler from Architects of Harmonic Rooms for all his work also.

Tomorrow I will travel through the air from here around the corner from the Godfather of Bradford to Paris for a show in Les Voutes, with Tom James Scott and Simon Queheillard. Presented by La Chaise.

"Trois Apparitions de Guitare Acoustique   
guitare polymorphe à moteur | guitare expiatoire | guitare intrépide"

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Ireland's finest contemporary rock ensemble launch their KILLER new album "I Can Walk Through" this Friday in Whelan's of Wexford St. Take it from me -- it's a pipin.
You won't find one finer than the Dinah Brand.

Opening up will be heart-breaker Peter "Hound Dog" Delaney and myself, accompanied by David Lacey(Percussion), Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (Viola) and Ivan Pawle (Organ).

8 pm / euro  

  Dinah Brand :: What's Required of a Person by Harmless Noise 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Concert in Lisbon's National Museum of Contemporary Art - Museu do Chiado this Thursday, August 5th. Presented by Filho Unico
Free Admission. 

Friday, May 28, 2010


Tomorrow evening Dublin will see it's gig of the year;

Munitions Family presents THE SUMMER OF SLAM - 
5 way happening - an evening of inner space.

+ Skinny Wolves and Munitions Family DJs

Saturday 29th May 2010
Space54, Smithfield, Dublin 1 - Beside Luas stop
10 Euro

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Important Records has just released an album in tribute to Robbie Basho entitled "We Are All One, In The Sun", which features a contribution from Cian Nugent alongside Steffen Basho-Junghans, Helena Espvall, Meg Baird, Glenn Jones, Arborea, Rahim AlHaj and Fern Night. 

In Robbie Basho's lifetime he set out to champion the steel string guitar as an expressive and dignified concert instrument. His guitar playing was first brought to light in 1965, when John Fahey released Basho's debut The Seal of the Blue Lotus on Fahey's own Takoma Records. Armed with a unique and powerful singing voice, his 6 & 12 string guitar and a collection of special guitar tunings that he created (even originating a unique chart titled 'The Esoteric Doctrine of Color and Mood' denoting a color and mood for each of his special tunings). Basho's output was prodigious, but after three decades of recordings and touring, this unique American musical voice went largely unnoticed and in 1986 his voice was forever silenced by a tragic accident. Basho's music which displays an intense passion for different cultures from around the world, was heavily influenced by Japanese (his self-chosen last name was even inspired by the Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Basho), Persian, Classical Indian, and a culture much closer to home, Native Americans. Forty-five years later, his recording legacy displays an emotional depth and pure vision that few musicians have ever achieved, and now his music is influencing a whole new generation of acoustic musicians around the world.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010



Lacey / Nugent jam infinitely.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


As John Cassavetes said "Something wonderful happens all the time, even at the height of tragedy." And here's telling, six and a half hours of  music put together by some of the best around these days in honour of Jack Rose. Hits ears friday! 

I'm really proud to be a part of this and to see it happen. 

Honest Strings: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Jack Rose

Sunday, February 28, 2010


The other day I picked up Jack Rose's new LP "Luck in the Valley" it's really great, and the letter-pressed cover art is equally magnificent.

I urge everyone to go get their hands on it.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


A few months ago I was drafted in to make some music for Fiona Hallinan's project Memories Made Manifest: an audio walking tour around Bray, Co Wicklow created through people's recollections of Ardmore studios. 

If you would like to hear the piece or take the tour itself you can do so here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Jack Rose (February 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009) Tribute Night 
Saturday 13th February.

This gig is a celebration of the memory of Jack Rose, master musician, chef, music lover and friend, who passed away suddenly at his home in Philadelphia on December 5th.

We will be starting early at 4pm and going on well into the evening, everyone is welcome to bring food and drink as they like and make this a good time in Jack's name. 

The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin.
6 euro.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


The ancient greeks believed (as we now know to be somewhat wrong) that there were seven planets in our solar system, and correspondingly named the days of the week after these planets, dividing time into regulated chunks of existence. Similarly they decided to divide the range of audio frequencies into eight notes, one for each of the planets and a further one being a repetition of the first an "oct"ave higher. This was known as the "Musica universalis". 

On the seventh day of this week, Saturday the 30th January, I will travel through the lands that currently dwell between me and Cork city with the Boys of Summer, who coincidentally play exclusively from sheet music seen on the surface of Saturn, in the form of gas swells and spectral honeycomb dribbles. With the good sky lad at our side David Lacey will also be making the trip to play drums with me. We will mostly be performing the note G as it is the seventh note in our worldly octave.  

We will be performing the smash hit "Sixes and Sevens", perhaps leaning more towards the sevens this time. 

All of this will be taking place in the ESB Substation on Caroline St as is entirely free of charge. Kindly presented by the Triskel Arts Centre in association with the ever lovin' Plug'd Records

Proceedings begin at the leisurely time of 4pm.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


A little bit before Christmas the great Donal Dineen kindly had me on the Christmas special of his show on Today FM for some radio blabbering and slamming some guitar brews alongside the very fine Patrick Kelleher. Paddy brought us each a Terry's Chocolate Orange, he's the nicest man you could know.

Here are the results.

Me and Paddy went out dossing afterwards and he hit me with a snare 
drum. I guess he's not so nice after all.