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Mumblin Deaf Ro'

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Mumblin' Deaf Ro is a Dublin based fingerpicker popster. Musically speaking he cut his teeth in a variety of unpopular, critically unacclaimed bands on the college scene; usually with more names than songs.

Mumblin' Deaf RoIn 2000 he began studying the finger-picking blues stylings of Rev. Gary Davis & Mississippi John Hurt. Mixing these with a love for the abstract lyrics and song structures of Captain Beefheart and Van Dyke Parks the result is a strong melody based fingerpop.

These arrangements were fleshed our with his some-time collaborators 'The Critters' with who he has played in Whelan's, Eamon Doran's as well as his own solo shows in the Temple Bar Music Centre, Voodoo Lounge and the 'Ruby Sessions; in Doyle's.

The track featured here is from Ro's debut album 'Senor, My Friend...' which is pencilled in for independent release on 21 February 2003. Firmly of the view that not all solo artists are singer-songwriters, the new songs were recorded on the best modern digital electrical equipment. When asked for a description he explained that it was 'mostly zeros and ones'.

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