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  • Born

    11 July 1947

  • Died

    23 December 1991 (aged 44)

Michael O’Shea (Newry, Northern Ireland, 11 July 1947 - 18 December 1991) was an Irish busker and inventor of the Mo cara (Gaelic for My friend), a hybrid of a dulcimer, zelochord and sitar, played with a pair of chopsticks. The Mo cara has seventeen main strings underpinned by six more strings which gives it a profound resonance.

“No journey’s end” is off O’Shea’s lone (and untitled solo) lp on Dome (1982-02, DOM 33.2), as recorded on 1981-07-07 at Blackwing Studio, London (produced by Wire’s B.C. Gilbert & G. Lewis, engineered by Eric Radcliffe & John Fryer). “Séance of a Kondalike (backing track)” is a bonus track on the (untitled) cd reissue of Michael O’Shea’s lp (2001, WMO 12cd). The backing track (recorded in 1982 at Alto Studio, Dublin) is just O’Shea and a drum machine, and would later get vocal & rhythm overdubs by Stano, for his “Content To Write In I Dine Weathercraft” lp (Scoff 1983).

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