Traditional Irish Music
This is the debut video by The Living Stream, a new group that has recently formed in Galway. Established by Brian Kelly in 2015, the band evolved from a recording session that was initially low-key in its goals. That however changed as the recording progressed, and they are now about to release a debut album.
The album will be on release in the coming weeks with the video below giving some insight into the project and sound. Brian describes it as an album that “oozes modern Ireland”, with a “fresh new sound in an old traditional style." He feels that it is a perfect platform for a thoughtful and measured critique of Ireland today.
This video features the first track from the album “Rebel Charm” which he says is a powerful march that uses a century-old melody to cut straight to the heart of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland; the 1916 centenary, outdated abortion laws, bank bailouts and Irish Water.
“No topic is too plain, or idea too sacred to be pulled apart and re-imagined. With rolling rhythms come protest songs, love songs, nostalgic songs and personal songs. The whole album is a subtlety intricate and forceful piece of work. One that attempts, in true folk tradition, to describe the lives of ordinary Irish people in 2015. It aims to be both a soundtrack to, and a record of the time. The album is set for release in Spring 2016.”
Having never played a gig, the band were chosen by IMRO to play their coveted Emerging slot at this year’s Temple Bar Tradfest. And off the back of which, planning is now underway for their first US Tour in the Autumn.
The band are Brian Kelly - (vocals, guitar), Barry Walls - (guitar), Geoff Ward - (banjo/mandolin), Niall Connaire - (fiddle), Niall McQuaid - (bodhrán) and Jeremy Biskits (whistle).
Check out their website www.thelivingstream.com
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