Cat Malojian call it a day

LURGAN folk heroes Cat Malojian have decided to call it a day.

Long time musical partners Stevie Scullion and Jonny Toman have split in the midst of the recording of their third album.

More recently Rachel Toman had joined the band and she and Jonny will be linking up with Lurgan singer Baz McSherry as he promotes his new album.

Stevie talked of the reasons behind the decision: “There’s a load of different things,” he said. “The recession for one. It’s nearly impossible to make money with original music these days. It seems you either “make it” and you’re loaded or you don’t and you’re skint. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground.

“Also, the old cliche of ‘musical differences’. Jonny’s been getting more and more into traditional Irish music over the last few years and I think it was just time for him to concentrate on that. As for me, I’m just going to keep on writing and recording and see where it takes me.”

Sadly, Cat Malojian’s third album which they’d begun recording is not likely to be released.

Stevie said: “Although we’d done a lot of work on the third album, there was still a lot of work to do to complete it and we’re now all busy with different projects.

“I don’t think it would make sense to release an album for a band that’s split up anyway. I’ll maybe re-record some of the songs and release them in the future.”

Stevie had this message for the fans: “We’d built up quite a loyal following, especially around Lurgan and anyone who knows us will know how much that support meant to us,” he said.

“So thanks! Hopefully we’ll all have some new music for people to hear soon!”