A native of Ballinasloe, Kevin Herm Connolly has been writing, playing and recording music since the age of eight.
As a teenager, Kevin and his friends formed a grunge band called Bliss. They covered Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins and wrote their own songs about school and mass.
While attending university in Dublin, he joined his brother’s alt-country band El Diablo, playing bass guitar and piano. They released two albums on Catchy Go Go Records in the early noughties and toured in Ireland and the USA.
‘Monsters’, the first collection of Kevin’s own songs, was released in 2009 under the name Herm. Ireland’s leading alternative music magazine (Hot Press) and radio station (Phantom FM) included it in their top ten Irish albums of the year. Reviewers drew favourable comparisons with artists such as Beck, The Eels, Tom Waits and Badly Drawn Boy. The single ‘Year of the Horse’, a duet featuring Nina Hynes, received an honourable mention in the International Song Competition, whose judges include Tom Waits, Ray Davies and Robert Smith. The video for the single ‘Heads’, directed by fellow former Bliss member Ian Benjamin Kenny, was nominated for an Irish Music Television Award.
In 2010, Kevin and his friend Paul Clancy began performing Paul’s songs under the name Clancy. Together, they made an album entitled ‘Road to the Heart’. Sadly, Paul passed away shortly after its completion. The album was released posthumously and the Irish Independent described it as “an accomplished, meditative collection…moving and beautiful”. Four more songs that the pair had been working on were released as the Clancy EP in 2011.
In 2015, he joined up with the Galician singer Su Garrido Pombo for a couple of very well-received tours around Galicia, Spain, as well as Ireland. A video diary from one of these Galician tours can be seen on the Kevin Herm Connolly Youtube page. Over the years Kevin has also performed at various times in Valencia, Spain, London, England and Bordeaux, France.
Kevin spent time in Peru between 2016 and 2017 where he gigged regularly around the north of the country as well as in the capital, Lima, and parts of nearby Ecuador.
Currently back living in Ireland, the second collection of Kevin’s own songs, entitled ‘Make It Up’, is due for release in the coming months. The album reveals a development in Kevin’s song-writing, from the quirky and edgy indie pop of his debut to a more reflective and organic approach. This is evident from the three tracks already released from the album, ‘Shotgun’, ‘Sandcastles’ and ‘Lemon Bee’, currently available online from http://www.kevinhermconnolly.com as well as on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all the usual places.
Reviews for ‘Monsters’:
“An impressive debut” – 4 stars, Metro Ireland
“A must for fans of uneasy listening” – 4 stars, Hot Press
“One of the best Irish albums of the year” – I-Con, Phantom FM
“Understated yet powerful song-craft” – Red Bull Bulletin