Robin James Hurt was born in Belfast, raised in Scotland and lived in Dublin for many years. More recently he has settled on the coast of County Wexford in the south east of Ireland.
He is a consummate, captivating, highly popular live performer, playing regularly in Dublin and around Ireland at both more intimate venues and larger festivals, as well as all across Europe and beyond.
Robin’s considerable talents as a guitarist, composer and singer have brought him on a rich, varied path as a solo act and also with other artists, such as the late great Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners, Sinead O’Connor, Finbar Furey, Hazel O’Connor and Camille O’Sullivan; and bands such as Bohínta, Gael Slí, The West Seventies, Bagatelle and many others.
As a guitarist Robin has worked in many genres, but he found his musical voice through his lifelong love for folk music, particularly from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and England. He has gained international recognition for unique original compositions (on both guitar and mandolin) and fresh rearrangements of traditional tunes, taking frequently lesser-known folk songs and filling them with love, yearning and raw emotion.
His work goes beyond any folk music idiom to a simple heartfelt connection anyone can understand.
Robin has released three albums and three EPs under his own name and has also appeared on many albums by other acts over the years. More on his releases here.
Robin’s latest album “Live From Kilmichael”
was recorded at his home in County Wexford, by long-time collaborator and producer Liam Mulvaney.
Inspired by the weekly lockdown livestream sessions of the same name on Facebook and YouTube, the album captures Robin solo – vocal, Martin D-28 guitar, foot stomp – and occasional backing vocals from Dougal his recently acquired dog.
The twelve tracks are a mix of newly arranged traditional songs, fresh original compositions and a show-stopping cover of Billy Bragg‘s plangent ballad “Between The Wars”.
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