Music

Hermitage Green

The five-piece Hermitage Green formed in July 2010 in what started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed in to a strong acoustic outfit with an original sound for which the band have credited their contrasting musical tastes.

Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound. Captivating audiences and earning the respect from music pundits, it seems fitting that their debut album should capture the raw power of the band on stage.

The band released their debut EP, ‘The Gathering’ in September 2012, rocketing straight into number 1 in the iTunes chart. The band followed this success with tours of France, the UK, the Middle East, South Africa and the US. Their sold-out extensive Australian tour featured many highlights, including playing Sydney Harbour on Australia Day. Their Electric Picnic performance, to a delighted 7000 capacity Electric Arena tent, capped a busy summer of festivals. Hermitage Green also enjoyed a weekly residency on the popular RTÉ TV sports show, Second Captains this Autumn.

Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.

Their debut album – ‘Live At Whelans’ is set for release in November 2013. The album was recorded at their shows in Whelans on Wednesday October 23 and Thursday October 24. Eclectically accomplished musician, and studio virtuoso, Joe Chester (Ryan Sheridan, Mundy, Gemma Hayes, The Coronas) was on production duties.

The band have just signed to record label Sony Music and released their single ‘Jenny’ in May 2015.

Hermitage Green perform on the Main Stage @ Annascaul Beerfest in the Connor – Crean Centre on Sat 1st August.

 

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

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When it comes to a distinctive sound, exceptional duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have shown they are in a league of their own and were winners of Best Duo at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards.

One of the most inventive and captivating rising acts on the acoustic roots scene they unveiled their evocative second studio album in September to marked acclaim from all quarters. From the West Country hotspot of musical talent, the harmonious Devon duo followed up their 2012 debut Singing the Bones with the moving and mystical Mynd (Old English for memory and remembrance) – an exquisite 12-track album infused with Phil’s trademark instrumental virtuosity, Hannah’s clear vocals and the pair’s highly original thought-provoking songs often trawled from some of the less obvious moments in history.

Widely regarded as one of the best slide guitarists in the UK, Lancashire-born multi instrumentalist Phillip Henry has been described as “one of the most extraordinary musicians around”. Henry, who studied in Calcutta with India’s premier slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, is also a virtuoso on the harmonica and brilliant on beatbox harmonica whilst Brixham-born singer-songwriter Hannah, is a skilled fiddler, viola and banjo player with a real lightness of touch, a distinctive voice and a gift for tapping traditional music veins to create contemporary songs.

Winners of Best Folk Act in the 2012 South West Music Awards and Best Duo in the 2013 Spiral Awards, this class act played the biggest venue of their career last year, when they supported Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall while this summer they played Glastonbury, Cambridge and Broadstairs festivals. They have the knack of transporting listeners into a reverie with their almost tactile music, all delivered with a gossamer light touch, none more so than the languid Thirty Miles with Phil on vocal, inspired by Toni Morrison’s book Beloved; Phil’s drifting dobro interlude Elegy, first played at the Albert Hall and the album closer – a beautifully understated take on James Taylor’s Close Your Eyes.

Opening proceedings on Saturday August 1st @ 5:30pm in Hanafin’s bar on the ‘Back Stage’

Red Moon Bayonets

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Red Moon Bayonets are a Dublin based 4-piece band started by Vinnie Flynn, their style is a mix of alternative rock, blues and indie. the project started in February 2013 with the idea of making something new and exciting.

RMB released their self titled EP in Tower Records. This short introduction to the band was well received by the critics and was followed by a series of Dublin based gigs.

The Second E.P ‘The Dark West’ received a very warm welcome from both the fans and the critics.

Red Moon Bayonets main focus is to create catchy driving melodic songs whilst giving every track its own originality and feel mixing the old with the new.  Members James, Dan, Vinnie and Dave have all added their stamp on this project by giving it all of Their dedication and time to make something special.

The band have just finished up their new E.P at ‘Westland studios’ last January in Dublin and just have released their single ‘Bayonets’ along with the full E.P ‘A Silent Companion’ in May 2015, the official release gig will be held in the ‘Bello Bar’ in Portobello Dublin on the 8th of August.  The new E.P is available across all platforms, iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, Tidal etc.

The band have played summer festivals this year including ‘Vantastival’ and ‘Canalaphonic’.  They will now also be supporting ‘Hermitage Green’ at this Years ‘Annascaul Beerfest’ in Co. Kerry this August bank holiday weekend and are tipped to play ‘Electric Picnic’ this coming September.

Red Moon Bayonets currently have a track accepted by a production company in the States who are pitching it to three American primetime T.V shows for broadcast in 2015.  All links can be found on the bands Facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/redmoonbayonets

Band members include:
Vinnie Flynn (Vocals, Guitar)
James Young(Drums/Percussion)
Dan Smith (Lead Guitar)
Dave McCleery (Bass Guitar)

Red Moon Bayonets will be supporting Hermitage Green on the Main Stage @ Annascaul Beerfest

 

Scannal

Scannal was established by two musicians based in West Kerry with the primary aim of rescuing traditional Irish dance music from concert halls, arts centres, and seated audiences. For too long, misguided arts funding and a lack of respect for the integrity of this fabulous and powerful music has led to it becoming almost exclusively a ‘listening’ music.

Scannal are proudly NOT funded by the Arts Council and do not perform in arts centres (many of which we consider to be ‘music hospices’).

Come to a Scannal gig with an open mind and you will leave with an open mouth.

Scannal will be performing on Sunday 2nd August in Teach Seain

The Marcelus Wallas

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The Marcelus Wallas is a high-energy 4-piece Rock cover band quickly becoming a reference in the Dublin pub scene, where they are based. Covering songs from Thin Lizzy to Pearl Jam to Talking Heads or Chuck Berry, they’ll have everyone dancing, drinking, and having a great time all night long!

Performing outside The South Pole Inn on Saturday August 1st

The Laverys & Co

Irish folk, bluegrass and trad outfit will be creating a song and dance and are happy for fellow musicians to join in.

Performing on Friday July 31st in Patcheens bar @ 10pm.  

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