Cian Nugent: 'Knots'

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Cian Nugent is a 19-year-old guitarist from Dublin, Ireland who self-released his debut EP in 2007. He's a young artist just beginning to showcase his music, but what he's made so far is striking and full of promise. Inspired by acoustic guitar legends like John Fahey, Nugent plays instrumental folk pieces heavy with nostalgia for early 20th-century American music.

Last November in Dublin, Nugent recorded what was only his fourth live performance. He made that recording available earlier this fall as an 8-song EP entitled Childhood, Christian Lies and Slaughter, and it features most of the songs from his 2007 debut as well as a few new ones. Included on the EP is his version of "Wagoner's Lad" by 1920s Appalachian folk singer Buell Kazee, and a highlight performance of bouncy "Baka Danse," with its ragtime and early jazz styling.

This past spring, Nugent gained some acclaim when his song "When the Snow Melts and Floats Downstream" was included in the acoustic guitar compilation Imaginational Anthem Vol. 3 from New York label Tompkins Square. He recently wrapped up his first U.S. tour and has an upcoming album slated for release through Tompkins Square in early 2009.

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