Watch: Conchúr White – Lungs (Townes Van Zandt cover)


Off the heels of releasing his debut solo EP Bikini Crops last month, Northern Irish artist Conchúr White has returned with a sublime cover.

White, who previously fronted the well-received Silences, is clearly at the peak of his powers at the moment. It’s something that’s written all over his take on ‘Lungs’ by legendary Texan singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.

“I’ve been trying to write a little more over the last few weeks as I don’t want my future self being too hard on my present’s lack of activity,” he tells us. “It’s been difficult, however, as everything has felt a little forced. Over the weekend I was listening to a playlist and ‘Lungs’ came on. I was already familiar with the song but I heard it in different way than before and I felt that Townes Van Zandt’s words from 50 years ago captured something about today that I could not.

“Since I was borrowing his song, I wanted to create an accompanying music video to act as a vessel for my interpretation. The track and video were recorded and edited in my home over Easter weekend.”

Pairing perfectly with the cover in question, have a first look at the video (and upcoming tour dates – all being well) below.

June 21st – Body & Soul Festival, West Meath
July 16th – Live at St Luke’s, Cork with John Grant
July 17th – Live at St Luke’s, Cork with John Grant
July 18th – St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny with John Grant
July 19th – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny
July 24th – Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire
July 30th – Neverworld, Kent
August 31st – Lafayette, London with Margaret Glaspy
September 1st – Deaf Institute, Manchester with Margaret Glaspy
September 2nd – Mono, Glasgow with Margaret Glaspy
September 3rd – Exchange, Bristol with Margaret Glaspy
September 7th – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds with Margaret Glaspy
September 8th – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham with Margaret Glaspy
September 9th – Hope & Ruin, Brighton with Margaret Glaspy
September 12th – Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam with Margaret Glaspy
September 13th – Blue Shell, Cologne with Margaret Glaspy
September 14th – Milla, Munich with Margaret Glaspy
September 16th – Musik & Frieden, Berlin with Margaret Glaspy
September 19th – Whelans, Dublin with Margaret Glaspy
November 17th – Lafayette, London with David Keenan

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