The Living Stream at Whelan's Trad & Folk Festival this weekend 1st September 2017

In March 2017 we launched the debut album by The Living Stream, one of the best new folk bands to arrive on the scene in quite a while. What started out as a rather simple project to record some demo tracks in a Galway studio, developed into something much more involved. Brian Kelly was the driving force behind the project and explained that “the plan was to record a handful of tunes with a group of traditional Irish session musicians. As people turned up and plugged in, one by one, a spark was lit. Simple ideas quickly became full songs, and that handful of tunes began to feel and sound like an album that had to be made.”

One year later The Living Stream launched their debut album at The Workman's Club Dublin. The outcome according to Brian is “an album that oozes modern Ireland”. Their experimental approach to the recording process which took place outside any commercial pressures, gave them a creative freedom that might not otherwise have existed. The result according to Brian is a “fresh new sound in an old traditional style. It is the perfect platform for a thoughtful and measured critique of Ireland today.”

“With rolling rhythms come protest songs, love songs, nostalgic songs and deeply touching personal songs - a soundtrack to modern Ireland. The whole album is an intricate and forceful piece of work. It is due for release in November.”

You can now catch the band in Whelan's Dublin as part of their new Trad & Folk Festival which will also feature Kern, Jiggy, I Draw Slow and many more. Entry is free and for more information : www.whelanslive.com

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