Willow Sea also makes music with other musicians. This list needs pretty frequent updating, but these are the current ones.
Grounds For Invasion
Grounds For Invasion are Willow Sea and Tracy Friel. They released their self-titled debut EP in June 2014, and their debut album Dying Stars was released in February 2015 to much critical acclaim. http://www.groundsforinvasion.com
Stephen Sharpe & The Broke Straight Boys
Will always thought these guys were terrific, then they asked him to play bass for them. It’s a bit of a Jason Newstead thing, except I’m still in lots of other bands. I really do love being in this band. Having recently produced Stephen’s Love EP, I’ll also be producing his next album, due for release in Summer 2015. https://stevensharpe.bandcamp.com/
Willow Sea co-wrote and produced Elementary Chaos (2014), the third album from Tuam-based poet and folk singer Seamus Ruttledge. The album also features heavy contributions from the amazing Michel Durham-Brandt. Willow Sea decided to deconstruct and re-imagine the songs and poems of Mr. Ruttledge. The resulting album is available now. www.elementarychaos.com
Past projects/projects on hold
Broken Hounds are Willow Sea and Fia Rua. They make funk-punk electro-poetry, and an EP is in the works. The played their first gig on the wonderful Earthship Stage at Electric Picnic 2014, no less. www.facebook.com/brokenhounds
Electronic, piano and vocal arrangements of classical opera pieces (with a bit of Edith Piaf thrown in for good measure). Featuring Willow Sea, Michel Durham-Brandt and Colm Henry.
Sticks And Stones
Will is currently filling in on bass guitar duties for Sticks And Stones. Think a less-twee Lisa Hannigan, only with male vocals. That’s not a slight on Lisa Hannigan, mind. She’s terrific. And twee.
Will was playing lead guitar and sharing bass duties with Aidan Ward for this project, fronted by main songwriter Declan O’Cualain. He had also taken over production duties from The Hothouse Flowers Fiachna Ó Braonáin. Unfortunately, in July 2014, Declan lost his battle against his bipolar disorder, with events taking a particularly tragic turn. Sadly, Aidan died in late December, 2014. Aidan was a true hero of mine. Intentionally or not, Aidan managed to sum himself up in his song ‘Shine On’.