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TRAGICOMICS is a 6-piece band that makes country-flavoured lyrical pop music.

Originally formed as a ragtag collective by Manchester-based songwriter and neurotic Christopher Eatough, the band has since blossomed into a sextet of unsurpassed musical talent and modesty.

They have been compared to Arcade Fire, Rufus Wainwright and Jesus. Mostly favourably.

Having spent several years in hiding, OLD SONGS FOR THE NEW CELIBACY marks Eatough’s return as one of Manchester’s most persistent songwriters. The record was inspired by ongoing struggles with depression, a fascination with failed romance and a newfound resolve to laugh in the face of impending doom.

The album was recorded at VIBE Studios, Manchester (New Order, Pink Floyd, Mock Turtles), mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow) and features the talents of the Up North Session Orchestra (Mozart, Beethoven, etc.).

TRAGICOMICS are currently finishing their second record, while working their way across stages around the country.

‘It’s timeless songwriting, full of wry observations and striking melodies… the voice is a drizzle of Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst, but with something uniquely its own.’ – Drowned in Sound

‘Disarmingly good songs, delivered with panache and passion.’ – Manchester Evening News



Toby Cryne

Christopher Eatough

Jay Fearon

Hal Incandenza

Chris Matthews

Laura Morley