Debut Album

'Apparitions' is a meditative and soul-searching collection of fifteen self-penned instrumentals


…”Featuring some of the very best guitar-work and melodic story-telling around, with organic rock soundscapes to support and enhance the mood of each track, Apparitions proves as nostalgic as it is refreshing, and continuously begs for you to turn up the volume”.…

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…”Elsewhere we get as many moments of Americana-kissed distortion and confidence as we do the more thoughtful, emotive and contemplative outpourings. The arrangement is eclectic, and consistently showcases Hodgson as a faultlessly capable and passionate guitarist – never utilising quirks or volume to draw attention, but revelling naturally within the creative, expressive space; in a way that truly connects.”…


The One That Got Away

…”This richly arranged instrumental track is a great insight into Joe’s skills as a musician and composer. It has a great balance of soaring lead tones and well-constructed harmonies, going for a distinctive twist”…

Serena Sonata / Bareback Blues

…”The sound of these tracks embodies the warmth and size of old-school rock and roll, tipping the hat off to iconic acts such as Led Zeppelin, as well as The Rolling Stones, Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher, only to mention a few. It’s all about taking those blues rock licks to the next level and spicing it all up with some zesty hot sauce!”…

More from Joe

After being in bands for many years, and based in London for over two decades, I finally returned to Ireland on a semi-permanent basis in 2016. I spent the last four years conceiving and putting ‘Apparitions’ together, and in the course of doing so, I fulfilled a long-held dream of making an album of guitar-led instrumentals, where I finally I displayed my own voice (albeit in the form of my six string) and made exactly the sort of music I always dreamt of making.

During the recording of ‘Apparitions’, I had the pleasure of working with some fantastic musicians who all gave so generously of their time and talent, and who helped make it one of the best experiences of my life. The album became quite a musical odyssey, with the recording and mixing leading me to places as far flung as Tyrone, London, Texas and Ontario. At times I felt I was going insane trying to get everything to sound exactly as I wanted it to, but I got there in the end, and I have my friend and musician extraordinaire, Chris James Ryan, to thank in particular for helping me get my musical vision across the line.

So after all this, all I can say is that I hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as I’ve enjoyed making it. 🙂

“It’s about how nothing ever stays the same, everything changes or decays; lives are lived, and love is lost, but looking forward is the one thing we can all do. Yes, we may have regrets, but hope and optimism are usually only around the next corner.”

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