Cathal Coughlan has died aged 61. His family announced the news, saying he “slipped away peacefully in hospital after a long illness.”
Like many of his peers, Coughlan moved from his native county to London, a base from where Microdisney achieved moderate success.
Often engaged in politics and social issues, Coughlan’s CV includes an Apartheid-era album entitled We Hate You South African Bastards, references to Romania’s dictator on Blues for Ceausescu, and a tune railing against Margaret Thatcher’s values in Only Losers Take The Bus.
Coughlan also collaborated with comedian Sean Hughes as the duo Bubonique, and released a series of solo albums, most recently Song of Co-Aklan in 2021.
Coughlan leaves behind his wife, Julie. The family statement said a memorial ceremony would be held amongst close friends and family soon.