Video: Nathan Connolly and Simon Neil “Fires”

Nathan Connolly and Simon Neil
Photo credit: Bradley Quinn

Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly recruits Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil for an acoustic take on ‘Fires’.   A simple live video shot with the two performers perched on stools and harmonizing.   This is the first single from Connelly’s debut solo album ‘The Strange Order of Things’.

About the live performance, Connolly said, “I have known Simon since back in my early days with Snow Patrol. The first show I remember playing together was a Zane Lowe MTV Gonzo show in Glasgow in 2003. Over the years we occasionally mentioned doing something together at some point. Finally, the opportunity came in the form of ‘Fires’. He is extraordinary and came at the song from somewhere I don’t think I would or could have. This was the first time we actually played the song together. We had a blast. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.”

Nathan Connolly began working on his solo album with producer Rocky O’Reilly in Belfast in 2017. After a lockdown-imposed hiatus paused Snow Patrol’s touring plans, he was then able to finish the project in early 2021. “Although the album is not about home,” says Connolly, “I felt compelled to make it there.”

About Ed Donnelly 141 Articles
Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy. He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.
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