Here's a Purcell non-bio
Nyal Purcell - is a fully self-taught musician, songwriter, sound recordist & performer.
After playing up & down Ireland & the UK for many years, keyboardist Nyal (Christened 'Niall') has released several albums, EPs & singles.
The song 'Spirit' (formerly 'Spirit In The Dark') won the 1992 ISR/Radio Limerick One international song competition, resulting in radio airplay across Europe & four States in America.
Quote: "The overwhelming consensus is that Nyal has a very unique voice and a great songwriting talent" - Dr John Moloney, RLO (Radio Limerick One).
Much of Nyal's early years in music were spent struggling to assemble & keep bands together.
The original idea was form a soul-influenced hard rock'n band with a focus on emotionally charged melodic phrases coupled with poetic lyrics, flamboyant performances, but in a traditional 5-piece live band set up.
However, this proved difficult, as he had to learn the hard way that opposition (and "promotion") often appears behind a "friendly" face, full of "apparent ambition." & a lot of empty promises!
Eventually (albeit reluctantly) going solo - Nyal's music eventually developed into a kind of electronic rock & it was this approach that allowed him to achieve way more than any band would have ever allowed or made possible.
However, his desire to record & perform completely live & in real-time (with or without a band) has driven Nyal away from electronic music altogether, in favour of a more traditional approach.
Since going solo Nyal has always played live, but now the recordings are simply played in as well.
(Below - In Nyal's own words)
"It has always been important to me to keep things expressive & dynamic, but now more than ever, I feel the need to strip away the technicalities & focus on the emotional content of the lyrics - because that's what it's all about . . . . emotional expression!
In the process of going solo, I had to become a sound recordist/engineer, synthesizer/sequencer programmer, producer & mastering engineer - when I'm really just a singer/songwriter at heart.
Highly 'polished' productions may be impressive - but they can also be distracting & unnecessary.
These songs don't need that, as they stand up on their own - & I'm not ashamed to say that.
It's not recording contracts that make artistes - it's simply the quality of their work. If I didn't believe in what I do, it would be a waste of time doing it - but I do believe in it!
Keeping in tune with all creation, every existing & future musical release will now be recorded (and released) as it is performed . . . . in real time at 432 Hz - the resonant frequency of the Earth"