The Lost Brothers
Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, from Meath and Tyrone, have been making music together since 2007. Their sound is inspired by a range of influences that include the writings of Patrick Kavanagh and John Fante, the music of Billie Holliday and Patrick Sky, and the paintings of Jack B Yeats. The Guardian described their most recent album, ‘After The Fire After The Rain’, as ‘sublime’ while The Irish Times stated that the album was ‘deeply soulful’.
When Iggy Pop played ‘After The Fire’ on his BBC 6 Music Show he described it as ‘so nice.’ The release was their sixth album to date. Pre-production took place in Dublin with Stephen Shannon – the album was then recorded in Brooklyn NYC with Tony Garnier and Daniel Schlett at the production helm. The release features guest appearances from a range of artists including M Ward, Jolie Holland, Steve Wickham, Mike Coykendall and Howe Gelb. Mojo Magazine, The Irish Times and Hot Press included the record in their ‘Albums Of The Year’. The album was also shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2020 and awarded ‘Album Of The Day’ from BBC6 Music and ‘Album Of The Week’ at RTE Radio 1. The lock down on live music struck two weeks before the band were due to tour these new songs-.
⭑⭑⭑⭑ THE GUARDIAN ⭑⭑⭑⭑ IRISH TIMES ⭑⭑⭑⭑ MOJO ⭑⭑⭑⭑ UNCUT ⭑⭑⭑⭑ RECORD COLLECTOR ⭑⭑⭑⭑ HOT PRESS ⭑⭑⭑⭑ NME ‘PURE MAGIC’ – ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE FRANCE ‘A duo at the top of their game’ THE SUNDAY TIMES Discography 2008- Trails Of The Lonely Parts I and III (Portland Oregon) 2011-So Long John Fante (Sheffield England) 2013- Passing Of The Night (Nashville Tennessee) 2014 – New Songs Of Dawn And Dust (Liverpool England) 2018- Halfway Towards A Healing (Tuscon Arizona) 2020- After The Fire After The Rain (Brooklyn New York) Some irrelevant small facts n’ stories you may not know about The Lost Brothers… -For Lost Brothers’ second LP Richard Hawley let the band use a selection of his guitars and instruments to record with at Yellow Arch Studios Sheffield. – Mark is a cousin of Lonnie Donnegon. – Since The Lost Brothers began they’ve recorded or toured with many including Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, Richard Hawley, The Handsome Family, M Ward, Jimmy Webb, Jolie Holland, Howe Gelb, members of The Coral and Old Crow Medicine Show, Brendan Benson and many more. -Lost Brothers have recorded a Christmas Album with Bill Ryder-Jones formerly of The Coral, members of O Emperor, and Drew McConnell from Liam Gallagher’s band were all involved too. -Oisin and Mark were in Lee Mavers’ The La’s for two weeks. Lee returned the favour by playing bass with Lost Brothers. – On the brand new forthcoming Losties album Bob Dylan’s bassist Tony Garnier plays a bass that was owned by jazz Luminary Charles Mingus “On the first day of recording” remember the Losties “Tony showed us the double bass he was playing and it had the word “Mingus” scratched in the wood. It was the actual bass Mingus used on many of his seminal albums. That was special.” -Mark’s old Band The Basement did the last ever Joe Strummer Tour. Joe talked jazz records with them, was an absolute gent, and even signed their snare drum. The year after Strummer’s passing Losties went and played Glastonbury at the Joe Strummer Bonfire. – Oisin sang a verse and plays guitar on The Arctic Monkeys’ record “Baby I’m Yours”. – Lost Brothers were invited to be part of “ The Roy Orbison Anniversary Album” by the late Barbara Orbison. “We flew to Nashville to audition in this skyscraper called The Orbison Building. They sat us on the audition couch and said “sing.” We got the job. They took us in the basement where we had to listen through the vault of recordings and choose a song.” – When Lost Brothers are off the road Oisín runs a monthly Folk Club called Joey Procida’s Folk Club who have had appearances from the likes of Villagers, Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Willy Mason, Doug Paisley, Lisa Hannigan , Steve Gunn and many more. Mark runs his own record store Boneyard Records in Omagh Co. Tyrone snd has had many visitors over the years. – Oisin’s Great Uncle was in the film Sahara with Humphrey Bogart. -Mark’s previous band The Basement played the Camden Barfly in the early noighties…a little known USA band called Kings Of Leon were the support act…it was their first UK gig…later that night there was a ten hour after show at The Columbia Hotel in West London. -Oisin’s former group The 747s played the main stage at Isle Of Wight , did the first ever Raconteurs Tour in the UK and opened for many including The Strokes. -M Ward went to see Lost Brothers gig in London and ended up playing electric guitar on the brand new album. – Before Lost Brothers Oisin was The Specials’ singer Neville Staples rhythm guitarist for a a few months – “We did a tour of Spain” recalls Oisin “ all the venues were bullrings. Hearing Neville sing Ghosttown each night tore the house down. I couldn’t play electric guitar but he loved my suit!” – When Lost Brothers recorded their debut album in Portland Oregon in 2007 they were visited by a studio ghost who threw open a bolted studio door. The visitation was captured on tape. Listen to track 13 of “Trails Of The Lonely” to hear the spooky encounter. Years before Lost Brothers were even born in the 1950s Mark’s grandfather had a traveling band called The Moore Family – they performed at The Plaza Ballroom in Buncranna Co. Donegal where Oisin’s Grandmother played piano and collected the glasses. Earlier this year in February 2019 on the morning recording began for “After The Fire After The Rain” in New York -The Plaza was sadly burnt to the ground by an electrical fault and was completely destroyed. -Oisin speaks fluent Italian and lived as a busker in Naples for 2 years. -Lost Brothers once met Levon Helm Of The Band and played his famous Midnight Ramble in Woodstock upstate New York. They then did a six week USA theatre tour with Glen Hansard which ended at The Fillmore San Francisco. – Lost Brothers have recorded Bob Marley songs with Brendan Benson from the Raconteurs. These recordings are in the losties vault. – The Lost Brothers were originally called A Weird Pear.