Cathal Coughlan

Country Irish
Genre irish, angry, Great Lyricists, angriest man alive, seen live
Members December, 16th, 2022
Date of death May, 18th, 2022
Official website

Cathal Coughlan was an Irish singer and songwriter from Cork. He is widely considered to be one of Ireland’s most revered singer/songwriters, beloved by fans of caustic literate lyricism and erudite songcraft (source: bandcamp) .

He is best known as the frontman of the band Microdisney, formed with Sean O'Hagan in 1980. Their second album The Clock Comes Down the Stairs reached number one in the UK Indie Chart. They developed cult followings in the Irish and UK indie music scenes before breaking up in 1988.Coughlan went on to lead the harder-edged The Fatima Mansions, who found critical success with their aggressive live shows and five consistent albums, but broke up in 1995. 

In the following years Coughlan released intermittent solo material with musicians such as O’Hagan, Jonathan Fell and Nick Allum.His solo career and reputation peaked in 2021 with the well received album Song of Co-Aklan (composed from the point of view of his alter ego "Co Aklan") which was released to critical acclaim fifteen years after his previous solo album Foburg (2006) (source: wiki).

We were lucky enough to make a podcast with him. The interview was also published in the french fanzine Abus Dangereux.  Thank you Cathal.

Interview Cathal Coughlan abus dangereux.jpg (508 KB)

Top Tracks

The Ghost of Limehouse Cut 1

The Ghost of Limehouse Cut

Officer Material 2

Officer Material

Song of Co-Aklan 3

Song of Co-Aklan

Denial of the Right to Dream 4

Denial of the Right to Dream

Payday 5


Black River Falls 6

Black River Falls

The Bacon Singer 7

The Bacon Singer

Frankfurt Cowboy Yodel 8

Frankfurt Cowboy Yodel

Dark Parlour 9

Dark Parlour

Out Among the Ruins 10

Out Among the Ruins

Top Albums

Black River Falls
Black River Falls
Song of Co-Aklan
Song of Co-Aklan
The Sky's Awful Blue
The Sky's Awful Blue