After the Flood
Conor referred to After The Flood as his opus,his life's work as a songwriter 14 great songs with voice and guitar. Often, he was working on these songs 6 hours a day learning to play slide going back to the very origins of popular music from a small flat in Cork City. He was looking around the city trying to make sense of the changes of the Ireland of the Celtic Tiger and looking back to his early years in the Czech Republic. The man himself is a quiet, shy, unassuming man, born in Dublin 1978. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began writing songs at the age of 13. His first album 'Violent Dawn' was written between the ages of 16 and 21.It was recorded in 2002 in the Czech Republic and was bootlegged a good deal but never released. His songs: 'Loaded Gun' and 'Hanging Out' from Violent Dawn had a good deal of influence on contemporary music. Other songs such as: 'Travelling Blues,' 'Linda Brown,' 'Cordelia,' and 'Morning Tune' from After The Flood show a startling new maturity to Buckley's work...an authenticity...a putting away of the bluffs of the nonstop life - late nights, the mornings, the poverty, the joy, the exultation. 'After The Flood' will surprise you by it's sheer lyrical brilliance and the voice like a jet of blood on the horizon. It's sheer, determined voice calls out -I will go on, or in the words of James Joyce, 'damn the critics and detractors...' Buckley's statement that he did a little for Irish music in the Czech Republic speak of his general modest outlook but his performance on Old Town Square in 2008, literally brought Irish music to the whole city. The artwork of the album resembles a Van Gough portrait or Van Reubens and from start to finish this is a classic...by PR Simonova.