First official track from new band Arum (Updated with 2nd track)

Updated with 2nd track. Arum is a new group on the traditional music scene and a recent track added to Soundcloud has gained over 1,200 plays in a very short period of time.  We caught up with the band to ask about their music and upcoming album, due to be released shortly.

"Each of us enjoy a wide range of musical styles so when we do come together to play, we create a new and very comfortable sound", they said. "People can expect to hear something new, that sounds like it has been around forever."

For the last two years they have all been in Limerick, where they met. "After an initial meeting we moved on to texting, phone calls, sessions, skype calls and that kind of thing" they said. "It was meant to be. We were all eager and knew we wanted to work together so it soon became a reality."

While they all carry their own personal influences, there are a few groups that they find very interesting in several genres. Artists like Spiro, Mike Oldfield, The Bothy Band, Tin Hat Trio and John Carty are all band favourites.

For the new album they are writing the majority of the melodies themselves, but will also include some of their favourite traditional tunes. "The work ethic is great.  Sometimes one of us will bring in an arrangement, like Alan did with 'Out of March' (included below), and then we will work on it as a group. Other times we just jam together until we come across something we like. It only takes a couple of notes to spark things off, then we all get thinking and exchanging ideas until the sets take shape."

The new album will be available in early 2015.

2nd Track added 

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