The picturesque community of Thomastown Co. Kilkenny is of late, alive with the sound of music as Lancaster born songstress Liz Aspden encamps to a house on Market Street with her merry band.
Known collectively as “Tit Modern” the five piece folk ensemble are recording their debut album in the homely enviorns of local artist Sid Evans’ house and studio. Sid is well known to many in Thomastown for his figurative painting style which has been exhibited in the town many times since his arrival 13 years ago.
Evans 2006 book ‘seconds’ was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex prize and adapted for radio in 2007 and was awarded silver at the PPI national radio awards that year.
Amid the many pieces of art in various stages of completion which lie against the paint spattered walls, microphones and drumkits are taking over as Dublin-based recording artist and producer Rory Grubb brings his specialized and individual recording skills to the party. His album ‘Sketches From the Big Sleep’ was lauded by musical heavy weights upon its release and garnered a four star review from the Irish Times.
‘Rory’s not afraid of doing things differently and is a bit of a maverick’ Liz muses as the drum recording process begins in the next room.
The album is entitled ‘Dirty Work’ which is apt considering Liz’s day job cleaning homes and businesses in the region. The one time swim wear model and former Miss Manchester United describes herself as a ‘compulsive cleaner’ who loves sniffing tea bags.
The ‘Tit Modern’ lineup includes musicians from the much loved Thomastown group ‘Nathan Conway and the River Valley Band’ and Liz describes Nathan as a musical mentor who has helped arrange the songs as well as handling bass playing duties in the band.
As if all this weren’t enough to keep a girl busy Liz is also a member of Graignamanagh based electronic sleaze folksters ‘The Freakles’.
When asked about choosing Kilkenny as her home Liz says ‘There’s music in the air here and the people really appreciate a good song.’ And who couldn’t help but appreciate such a lovely singing voice.
Liz describes her music as ‘quirky folk’ and has written some raunchy ballads which she likens to ‘taking the mick out of Rhianna.’ Filming for her first music video begins next week in the Bridge Brook in Thomastown. Check out the band at www.facebook.com/tit.modern and @titmodern on twitter.