‘She Darks Me’ is the lost album by Joe Chester, one of our finest songwriters, virtually unheard since it’s original recording. Written during stolen moments in between collaborations in L.A with Gemma Hayes and touring with The Waterboys, the ten track collection is perhaps the most melodic and liberating of Joe’s releases. Fewer overdubs and making courageous use of first takes where possible informed Joe’s renowned signature production style from that point on. A stellar range of musicians participated where opportunities to record could be grabbed, whether on the road with Steve Wickham and Trevor Hutchinson or on Willie Nelson’s tour bus with Mickey Raphael (Harmonica – Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris). The recordings have been recovered from the archives and given a masterful updated sheen by Joe from his self-built studio near his home in the south of France.
Joe will launch the album with an intimate gig in Bewley’s Café in Dublin on the day of release, Friday 25th January.