Formed from the core of the duo known as Berries Blue, The Hard Ground came together when Marlene Enright and Pat Carey decided they wanted their music to have a richer and more layered sound. Joined by Dave Duffy and Dave Ryan, whom they met while studying music in University College Cork, the Cork-based quartet  soon got to work on a feast of songs, weaving together ambient arrangements and beautiful orchestration.

The Hard Ground, whose sound can best be described as folk-rock with strong undercurrents of blues, are on the cusp of releasing their debut studio album, Broken Conversations, due to be released Friday 13th July 2012.

Broken Conversations is a beautiful collection of songs brimming with lush instrumentation and deep, swooning melodies.  Making use of a vast range of instruments, including harmonium, glockenspiel and kazoo, the band acquired the services of a quartet from the National Symphony Orchestra and a brass section consisting of trombone, trumpet and euphonium for the recording of the album.

Nominated as the Sunday Times’ “Ones to Watch” and Hot Press’ “Pick of The Fortnight”, The Hard Ground are unique, charming and utterly captivating.

“…Classy Stuff and worth tracking down.”
Jackie Hayden, Hot Press.

“’Pawn’ and ‘A Spirit Lament’ show the Cork quartet are quite different from anyone else active on the Cork circuit at the moment with Carey and Enright effortlessly switching vocals on top of quite lavish orchestration. Eager to hear more….” – The G-Man (blog)

“….a sound that sits somewhere between Tom Waits and Lisa Hannigan. There’s even a touch of sinister songstress Anna Calvi about debut single ‘Pawn’, a song that’s equal parts sweet and sour.”

Celina Murphy, Hot press