MAUD IN CAHOOTS is Alan Connon, Stephen Markham, Maud Ní Riordáin and Zoe Ní Riordáin. Alternative pop act based in Dublin.
The band’s new single ‘Greatest Achievement’ released April 24th, is the first release by Maud in Cahoots since sisters Maud and Zoe Ní Riordáin were joined by Steve Markham and Alan Connon last year. Combining dramatic electro-pop arrangements with melancholy melodies worthy of the most lovelorn of Scandinavian chanteuses, Maud in Cahoots play their unique brand of dramatic alternative pop that is addictive from the first listen.
In 2014 they staged ‘The Well Rested Terrorist’ a live concept album for a sold out run at the Peacock Theatre during Dublin Fringe Festival which the Irish Times called “absorbing; a painstaking work, given startling execution ”
Regulars at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, and SXSW, the release of Greatest Achievement is supported by an Irish Tour, a visit to Canadian Music Week and a show at New York’s Irish Arts Centre on Saturday 9th May.
“Maud In Cahoots are undisputedly one of the finest unsigned acts in the country. Supporting Snow Patrol on Arthur’s Day, singer Maud Reardon performed a goosebump-inducing duet with Gary Lightbody on ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’. Having performed in Philadelphia, Houston and SXSW in Texas, as well as playing sold out shows in The Academy, The Village and Bewleys, Maud In Cahoots shouldn’t stay unsigned for long. ” (Hotpress Magazine)
“One of the best sets of the weekend ( Electric Picnic ) was Maud in Cahoots…..It’s been fascinating to watch that band grow, develop and morph into something truly captivating with bags of star quality.” Una Mullally, Irish Times.
“It is frankly baffling that Maud in Cahoots have not yet been signed. Their commercial but resolutely quality driven music is addictive from the first listen, so you can dispense with those first few listens, finger hovering over the stop button. I first discovered Maud in Cahoots in Body and Soul at this year’s Electric Picnic, and they were a revelation. They are current, yet orchestral, and show that being ferried to and from cello lessons can pay off without one having to sacrifice one’s street cred. They’re supporting boy wonders The Strypes tonight, but, surely, someone soon has to have a lightbulb moment, sign these pop minstrels and peddle their slick sound over the water and around the world soon…Surely…” Cora Burke, Le Cool Dublin
****“Maud Ní Riordáin is a striking, controlled presence with a pristine voice…Maud in Cahoots present a ‘live concept album’ ..always absorbing; a painstaking work, given startling execution.” Peter Crawley, Irish Times.
“If Beyoncé patented the “visual album,” then leave it to Irish alt-pop ensemble Maud in Cahoots to pioneer the “live concept album”. Inspired by the phenomenon described by neurologist Oliver Sacks in his book Musicophilia, The Well Rested Terrorist casts an eye over the varying effects that music has on the human psyche. Featuring nine new songs composed by Maud in Cahoots, this piece stars the captivating Maud in Cahoots and Rory Fleck-Byrne as two subjects that can only communicate via the medium of music and explores just what music can do a person. Noteworthy for being the first Fringe show staged in The Abbey, the show places the band in a live context that isn’t merely a gig in a pub. The result is a wholly unique meditation on infamy, fear and coming to terms with being yourself.” Le Cool Dublin
“The Well Rested Terrorist reminds you why albums are things to savour and digest” Una Mullally, Irish Times