Philip Fogarty began in the Irish scene as a session musician and vocalist before embarking as a solo artist to front his own ensemble. In the nineties and early 2000s he played nationwide and toured in Europe and the United States, appearing in billings alongside The Frames and the Cowboy Junkies in the wake of the release of 1999's critically-acclaimed Endangered Breed, and also participated in media hookups destined for the U.S. cable networks and footage for transmission on Dutch television.
Having recorded Songs for Animals (2001), Short Stories (2003) and Lambs (2003), he once again took up the reins on the live front; coinciding with the digital release of the recordings, Philip staged two nationwide tours of Ireland in 2007, with dates in Switzerland following in 2008. Though Philip had hitherto been known for large soundscapes and full-on production, these gigs focused on a more intimate approach in smaller venues, with a shift away from heavy sequencing towards a sparser, more organic style.
More recent years have seen Philip engaged in various side-projects, from instrument conception to multimedia installations to straight funded research (see Other Projects page).
Philip's latest mainstream project has been the staging of crowd participation piece The Birds, first performed as a high-profile event for Galway Culture Night 2017. He continues to work on the development of further live projects.
Irish critics have praised Philip Fogarty as a truly innovative but still quintessentially Irish artist, his music featuring many undercurrents from the artist's own background of Irish traditional, contemporary, rock and electronica. His live work has fused together many disparate elements in tandem with his distinctive vocals, from classical and traditional violins to vocoded microphone percussion, from bodhran to synth work and delay feedback effects, along with other conventional instruments such as bass, piano, guitar and drums, running the gamut from walls of noise to the sparsest of soundscapes, as counterpoint to a unique vocal and songwriting style.