Live Review - Moxie, UCD, 28th February 2013

We are blessed here in Dublin because in the last 6 weeks we have been given the opportunity to see three of the best up and coming traditional acts around.  Crossharbour, a London band who played in January. Last week we saw We Banjo 3 and today Moxie.   Today, despite being in the sterile environment of a university lecture room at lunchtime, Moxie treated us to a half hour set and still sounded great. Imagine them in a more favourable environment and you get an hint of what the performance would be like. They are definitely one to watch and I hope that they get the commercial break they deserve.  If you want something worthy on your Saturday night playlist between your Tommy Peoples and your Lúnasa tracks then this is it. 

This is modern traditional in the truest sense. What’s great is the inventiveness and creativity that they have put into the sets. The music of Moxie is mesmerising, hypnotic and entertaining in equal measure. The band includes Cillian Doheny Tenor Banjo / Nylon & Steel String Guitar / Mandola, Jos Kelly Button Accordian / Keyboard, Darren Roche Button Accordian / Nylon String Guitar,Ted Kelly Tenor Banjo / Tenor Guitar / Mandolin and Paddy Hazelton Percussion. They have well thought out arrangements that combine some self compositions with some mainstream traditional. One set called What Lies Behind The Wall includes compositions by Johnny O' Leary and Mick McAuley. Their music is fresh and exciting and includes jazz and bluegrass influences. These guys deserve recognition and it would be great if people got behind them and bought their new EP simply called Moxie. We have it and will follow up with a review. We include a sound file below.

Check them out on their Facebook page and listen on Soundcloud

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