villagers conor o'brien


Villagers spills the beans on the thinking behind his Ivor Novello Award-winning sound and how he avoids 'follow-up record' pressures...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 25 May 2016
  • min read
Villagers is the artistic endeavour of Irish songsmith Conor O’Brien, a double Ivor Novello Award winner who’s quietly changing the singer songwriter template from the inside.

Signed to Domino Records in the UK, he’s been left largely to his own devices, gently concocting an electro-acoustic tangle of raw melody and exceptional songcraft since 2010.

The template has culminated in a number of successes, including several Mercury Prize nods and the Best Song Musically and Lyrically gong at the 2011 Ivor Novello Awards for his track also titled Becoming a Jackal.

And now he’s got another accolade to add to his collection: the coveted Album Award at The Ivors 2016 for his album Darling Arithmetic.

We caught up with him on the red carpet at the 61st Ivor Novello Awards to learn more about his music-making and how he avoids the notorious ‘follow-up record’ pressure…