Born in Co. Offaly, Mundy moved to Dublin when he was still a teenager and honed his musical talents performing on street corners. His debut single To You I Bestow was featured on the soundtrack to William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and introduced the then 21 year old singer to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
This was followed with dates supporting Alanis Morissette and Neil Young in Dublin, before the release of his debut album Jelly Legs, which went on to sell over 50,000 copies worldwide.
Since then he has performed with the likes of Van Morrison and Manic Street Preachers and released the albums 24 Star Hotel and the recent Raining Down Arrows, both of which have been very well received.
Mundy looks set to remain one of Ireland's brightest talents.
Following Jellylegs, Mundy went on to release the multi platinum record 24 Star Hotel, with hit tracks ‘July’ and ‘Mexico’ becoming firm favourites. Raining Down Arrows, which hit the #1 slot in the Irish Album Charts, came next and was recorded in the musically revered city of Austin, Texas. His first live album Live and Confusion followed, recorded at a storming and sold out Vicar St show. Galway Girl was recorded as an encore and went on to become the best-selling single and most downloaded song 2 years in a row in Ireland (2007 / 2008).
His 4th studio album, Strawberry Blood, followed in 2009 and saw Mundy touring Ireland, Australia and the UK once more. Shuffle was released in 2011 and was a gorgeous ode to some of Mundy’s most favourite songwriters. It featured his versions of songs by greats like Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Paul Simon and Gillian Welch, to name a few.
Since then, Mundy has been busy. He’s been touring the US, performing at The Royal Albert Hall – not to mention the small matter of performing for Barack Obama both on his Irish visit, and at his home in The White House.
Mundy met Youth again a couple of years back and they decided to collaborate together for the first time since ‘95, winding up in Youth’s studio in Spain where they got to work. Youth’s is one of the most experienced and talented UK producers, having worked with the likes of The Verve, Pink Floyd, Culture Club, Reverend & The Makers, Echo & The Bunnymen and Paul McCartney. The line-up for the recording included Mundy on guitar and vocals, Youth on bass, Eddie Banda on drums and Michael Rendall on keys, with some extra guitar lines from Simon Tong (The Verve, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn) and Michael Wadada (Suns Of Arqa) on sitar.
The socials morals of a dog on the street’
Sic Transit Gloria Mundy
– Shane McGowan
The Galway Girl [from Mundy’s live album Live & Confusion] is the one thing I’m sure to be remembered for. I owe a lot of that to Mundy… the biggest hit was his version. People probably won’t even remember who the hell I was, but they’re going to be singing that song in Ireland for a long time. I really do believe that. And that’s the only kind of immortality anybody can hope for.
From the first time I saw Mundy 15 years ago, I knew he was very special, soaring melodies that can spirit you away, vivid lyrics that are sometimes dreamlike, sometimes matter of fact, story painting with stunning imagery and amazing gigs that has us eating the songs straight from his palm, he’ s a gift
Mundy comes from a very long historical line of great Irish performers, singers and song writers, it’s a list of awesome musical royalty he sits amongst and he rightly and gently wears his crown equally with them all.