By WMRC's Ray Auger - Seafoam Green’s front man Dave O’Grady, has honed his musical craft through many years of writing, recording, gigging, navigating through questionable record deals and releasing a few singles. This November Seafoam Green is finally ready to serve up their offerings to the masses with their debut album Topanga Mansion, produced by Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, whom Dave was introduced to in 2011. The two of them hit it off immediately and decided to work together as they share similar styles of songwriting and sound. Rich contributed to the songwriting process by co-penning a few tunes on the album with Dave.
Dave’s music, in the simplest of terms, borrows ideas from this musical genre while celebrating the roots of another. Genre-bending is a phrase that might give it justice. Heavily rooted in folk blues, suggested by my ears at least, Dave also writes from a psychedelic point of view leading one to believe that no two Seafoam Green songs will ever be the same. Yet plain to any fan that each have that Seafoam Green seal of similarity while remaining unique at heart.
Tim Rice and I first met Dave when he joined local musician Matt Zajac for a show at Memorial Hall a few months back. We were instantly impressed with his passion and dedication to his craft, his ability to tell a story captivating an audience through wit and musical wisdom. Knowing Dave was leaving the states and heading back home to Dublin, we jumped at the chance to get him back for one more local show. We wanted to see Dave perform in a bar setting and The Tradesman was the obvious choice. Affectionately known by Milford locals as “The T”, The Tradesman has been home to many great local bands and musicians over the past 4 years with performances on the weekends and annual events like the monthly Local Music Social and the Labor Day Weekend Bash. The Tradesman audience has always shown great respect and appreciation for any musical act that plays the small, local watering hole. Local musicians now consider a gig at The Tradesman a great accomplishment on a local level. The waiting list to play is long and the criteria for a spot there is respectable. It only made sense to bring in touring acts and expose them to our local diamond in the rough.
See Dave O’Grady perform songs from his upcoming Topanga Mansion album this Sunday night starting at 7pm at The Tradesman on Rte. 140 in Milford. This is a FREE show.