News

November 2012

Carol Keogh: "The aim of this project is to raise funds to record my debut solo album, Mongrel City. I’ve been writing and performing for many years with bands like The Plague Monkeys and The Tycho Brahe. Now it’s time for me to write my own name on the wall and I’m hoping you’ll hold my hand while I do it."

Mongrel City: debut album by Carol Keogh

March 2010

Some great news on Carol from State Magazine:
"Not only is an EP nearing completion but work on her debut album – Mongrel City – is also at an advanced stage and is due for release later this year."
 

November 2005

RTE.ie: "Thomas Haugh, going by the name of Hulk, is a Dublin based producer and drummer who uses both electronic and live instruments. 'Silver Thread of Ghosts' is his first full length album."

April 2004

Upcoming gigs from The Tycho Brahe:
Thur 29 April - The Lobby Cork + alphastates
Fri 30 April - The Lobby Cork + some Plague Monkeys songs (carol and donal)
Thurs 6th May - Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin + some Plague Monkeys songs (carol and donal) + Chequerboard

November 14 2003

The Tycho Brahe recently performed 'The Plague Monkeys' when they played The Lobby, Cork and dedicated the song to Rory Cobbe of 'No Disco' fame.

April 5 2003

A 'new' song by The Plague Monkeys has recently surfaced. On a CD available at The Tycho Brahe's gig in Whelan's, Dublin on April 5, there was a song called 'Hut' from The Plague Monkey's 2FM Session in 1996 with Diarmuid on drums and Kevin Greene on bass.

September 20 2002

Autamata release their debut album "My Sanctuary" on Left Hand Records, and it features five tracks with Carol Keogh on vocals.

August 31 2002

"The Tyco Brahe will be providing musical accompaniment to a Donal Dineen film with Uptown Racquet Club in the Cube in the Project in Temple Bar, Dublin around the 16th of October. Keep your eyes open as tix will be limited to around 90."

July 2002

'Julie Christie the rumours are true...' or so Yo La Tengo say anyway. Yes indeed, Donal, Carol and Diarmuid from David Kitt's band have got together under the name 'The Tycho Brahe' and recorded an album "This Is Tycho Brahe", is released on August 1st.
Check out their web-site for more info.

May 2002

Some rumours of Donal and Carol doing some work together again later on in the year, possibly with a certain drummer from the early demos.

March 10 2002

The Plague Monkeys first ever video, 'Plague Monkeys', was played again on No Disco this week and I recorded it and have some captures up on the videos page.

December 30 2001

Conor McPherson's film 'Saltwater' which the Plague Monkeys did the soundtrack for, was shown for the first time on RTÉ in Ireland.

September 23 2000

The Plague Monkeys have officially announced that they have split up.
"Now with enough time elapsed since the decision was made, we can safely say that the years spent as members of the plague monkeys will be sweetly remembered. That period in the lives of those concerned is over, but it is certainly not the end of the world. We would all like to thank those who encouraged and supported us throughout that time.."

February 10 2000

News from the The Plague Monkeys' manager is that the band have decided to split up.

November 12 1999

The Plague Monkeys play:
Nov.12th: The Lobby, Cork (Acoustic gig)
Nov.13th: The Half Moon, Cork (Full show)
Dec.21st: Whelan's, Dublin

October 8 1999

The Plague Monkeys release their new album, "The Sunburn Index" on October 8 1999 through Crosstown Music. The Plague Monkeys play in Vicar Street, Dublin on Saturday, October 9 1999.

October 24 1999

The Plague Monkeys play The Hog's Head in Waterford as part of the Westend Festival on Sunday, October 24 1999.

July 3 1999

The Plague Monkeys play Vicar Street in Dublin on Saturday, July 3 1999.
UK gigs to be confirmed for summer months.

June 20 1999

The Plague Monkeys play City Hall in Cork as part of a Kosovan Aid Benefit gig.

January 19 1999

The Plague Monkeys play Cuba, Eyre Square, Galway at 12pm.

November 13 1998

The Plague Monkeys released their new "Mouth To Mouth" E.P. on November 13. The E.P. will include three brand new tracks "Mouth To Mouth", "Sea Change" and "256 Shades Of Grey". None of these tracks appeared on the "Surface Tension" album.
The band will be playing in the Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin on November 28th. Fully seated venue; band onstage at 9pm sharpish. Follow-up gigs around the country have yet to be announced.

November 4 1998

The Plague Monkeys' new official web-site is currently under construction. Visit them at:
www.plaguemonkeys.com. The band also have e-mail addresses at: star_country<at> hotmail.com; cobweb_theory<at>hotmail.com

June 5 1998

Following the success of their début album, The Plague Monkeys are planning a nation-wide tour of Ireland. The tour will include dates in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Waterford.

May 8 1998

The new video for "White Feathers" was shown on No Disco last night. They play in the Virgin Megastore on Aston Quay, Dublin at six o'clock next Thursday, May 14 (I think).
Thanks to Ray Dunne for all the info.

April 12 1998

It's finally here! Tracks from The Plague Monkeys début album "Surface Tension" are played on Today FM. Some of the new tracks include "Safe", "Last Watch", "White Feathers", "Surfacing", "Jack", "Breaking The Ice" and "Bloomsday".

April 1 1998

The Plague Monkeys played in the Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin tonight. The set list for the gig was; "Safe", "The Plague Monkeys", "Whatever", "Crystal Palace", "Bloomsday", "Breaking The Ice", "White Feathers", "Word Of Mouth", "Surfacing" and "Last Watch".

March 15 1998

According to several reports from No Disco presenter Uaneen Fitzsimmons, The Plague Monkeys have finished recording and mixing their début album. The Plague Monkeys play Paris, France on March 17th for the 2FM Disney Band Challenge. They were one of the final 15 bands chosen, from a total of 600 entries.

February 1998

Dublin's The Plague Monkeys have again been invited to play New York's' CMJ Festival - they are the first band to be invited back by the organisers.

November 19 1997

The Plague Monkeys played in the Da Club, Dublin tonight. The set list for the gig was; "Instrumental", "Safe", "Jack", "Breaking The Ice", "Non Sequiter", "Bloomsday", "White Feathers", "Hut", "Surfacing", "Whatever", "Word Of Mouth". Encore; "Crystal Palace" and "Last Watch".

October 1997

The band are in the studio for a few weeks, working on their début album. They hope to play in Galway, Cork, Belfast and London when the recordings are finished.

September 25 1997

The Plague Monkeys are playing a gig in The Temple Bar Music Centre on Thursday, September 25.

September 14 1997

Carol Keogh from The Plague Monkeys was a guest on Paul Power's programme on Today FM for the second time. The band were just back from playing in New York, USA.
They were nominated for The Cream Of Kilkenny Awards in the Contemporary Music section along with Katell Keineg and The Divine Comedy. It was their first nomination for a music award. The results are to be announced on September 18.

late August 1997

The Plague Monkeys played at CMJ (College Music Journal) Musicfest Seminar along with Shiver and The Marigolds. They played with Andy White and The Big Geraniums in Arlene Grocery, NYC and The Mercury Lounge. The gigs went very well.

Thursday:
Andy White (8:00)
The Marigolds (9:00)
Big Geraniums (10:00)
Shiver (11:00)
The Plague Monkeys (12:00)
It was the first time that they had traveled together, as a band. They spent 6-7 days there and described it as a great experience.

early August 1997

The band started work on their début album. They have five tracks down and will take another few weeks recording and mixing. They hope to have a release before Christmas or in early 1998 and may not release a single beforehand. Initially, they hope to issue it in Ireland as an independent release and hopefully it'll be picked up by the majors.

August 7 1997

The Plague Monkeys played a gig in The Mean Fiddler on Thursday, August 7.

July 8 1997

The band played an excellent gig in Whelan's in Dublin. Carol says she loves playing in that venue. She did an acapella song at the start of the encore. The band were due to play in The Mean Fiddler in Dublin on Friday, June 20, but had to cancel the gig.

April 1997

The Plague Monkeys released the "Navigator EP" which contained four tracks, including "Star Country", which they made another successful video for with director Brian O'Malley. The video features some subtitles because Carol's vocals are so hauntingly beautiful.
In recent months, they have concentrated on taking their mounting repertoire to the stage. They are also presently considering offers from both recording and publishing companies.

March 1996

The band made a video for the song "The Plague Monkeys", with independent film director Brian O'Malley. This video was frequently played on Irish alternative music programme No Disco and featured in the best of the season as chosen by the shows programmers.
The same month, The Plague Monkeys won an award for "Best Music Video" in Altered Visions, a national festival for independent video. It went on to feature on 2TV (pop video show), where it entered the video chart at No.1.The band recorded a session for Dave Fanning's programme on 2FM, produced by Ian Wilson.