Well known for his work with cult Irish band Interference (one of Glen Hansard's big influences) , Corkman Paul Tiernan is also a widely regarded solo artist. His forthcoming album 'Painkillers' (out September, 2011) sees Paul doing what he does best.......writing and singing like a love lorn troubadour....all to the sound of Miles Davis like horns, slide guitars and that voice that has been described as 'honey and black pepper'.
His last album ‘Earthquakes start with little cracks’ is the third cd in a trilogy that started with 'God knows l love a happy ending', followed by 'Belle' in 2005. His songs pre-dated the 'sad folk' movement and his dedication to writing beautifully crafted bittersweet love songs is finally bringing him the success he deserves.
‘How to say goodbye’ from Paul’s 2005 album ‘Belle’ is featured on the Sony Pictures soundtrack of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist alongside music from Devendra Banhart and Richard Hawley. The film stars Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad, Arrested Development) and was released in the US and Canada in late ’08 and is on release worldwide including Ireland since January 30th. Interest in his music through www.paultiernan.com has increased dramatically following the release of the film.
A native of Cork, Paul now lives in France where Rock ‘N Folk recently said “he is without doubt one of the best European singer/songwriters, a great guitarist as well, equipped with a magic voice, a perfect mixture of silk and grit. The first song, ‘Breakfast in bed’ is a gem, a dream impregnated with bittersweet nostalgia that never leaves us after hearing it.” CD Baby have hailed Paul as “a true songsmith in the tradition of Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake and Paul Simon” while also intoning of the album “Earthquakes is as fine an album as you’ll hear this or any other year”.