Coming 25 Jan 2019, She Darks Me is Joe’s “lost” album by Joe Chester, 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, this collection is among Joe’s most melodic and liberating work. 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.

“She Darks Me is elegant, measured and all the better for it. High time the listening public caught up with Joe Chester. She Darks Me has all the makings of a sleeper hit.” - Hot Press Magazine

“Several tracks bear his hallmark attention to observant detail. Musically, it’s Chester’s usual mix of innate melody and carefully prepared arrangements.” - The Irish Times

“In short, this is elegant music. Josh Rouse and the Avalanches would kill for these hooks. A Dylan cover (“Most Of The Time”) almost slips past unnoticed, so strong are the tracks that surround it.” -

Listen to a radio edit of “Anything In The Long Run” below. Recently added to the RTE Radio 1 playlist.

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Written by Steve Earle and originally released on his 2000 album Transcendental Blues, The Galway Girl featured the flawless musicianship of Irish national treasure Sharon Shannon. The song has become somewhat of an alternative national anthem and is as recognisably Irish as Guinness and Aran Sweaters. The track was re-recorded by Shannon and Mundy reaching number 1 in the Irish charts for 5 weeks in 2008. It became the highest selling single of the year.

Featured in 2007 Hollywood movie P.S. I Love You starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.

Featured in a Magners/Bulmers Cider advertising campaign.

Featured in Treme S2E9.

The Galway Girl - Sharon Shannon & Steve Earle(c) 2000 The Daisy Label

The Galway Girl - Sharon Shannon & Mundy(c) 2008 The Daisy Label

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Joe Chester - Photo by Julie Bienvenu

Bohemia Records are delighted to announce the signing of critically acclaimed, multi-talented musician and producer, Joe Chester.

We will be working closely with Joe on the release of his forthcoming fifth studio album, The Easter Vigil, early in 2017 and also representing Joe's captivating back catalogue for distribution and sync licensing. Joe has been nominated for a Choice Award and a Meteor Award and his debut album, A Murder of Crows, has been included in 101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Tony Clayton-Lea and Dan Hegarty's recently published Buried Treasure: Volume 2.

Joe also has an impressive history of credits in his role as one of Ireland's most in demand producers having worked with Gemma Hayes, Hozier, Mundy, The Coronas, Ryan Sheridan,
Shane McGowan, Camille O'Sullivan, The Hedge Schools.