Traditional Irish Music
A first listen to this new EP by Dublin band The Mariannes reveals an exciting new prospect on the music scene. We are either going through a fertile patch in Dublin at the moment or we were simply not listening hard enough previously. The pre-release material reaching us these days offers great hope, and The Mariannes continue the present upward curve. We veer off the purely traditional path intermittently when something a little special arrives. The band formed in 2012 and straddle a mid-ground between folk and blues, rock and pop. The inclusion of the banjo of Gearóid Ó Broin infuses their music with an I Draw Slow type Appalachian feel at times.
Their material is new, and while not alarmingly distinctive at first listen, it seeps into your psyche and takes root. Give it a couple of listens and you’re in. Songs like God Fearing Woman have echoes of 10,000 Maniacs especially on the vocal of Lisa Loughrey. Ache in My Heart is slower and driven with a strong guitar and bass beat - lots of space and depth. Mama Please has traditional leanings, especially the intro and takes flight into a rock/pop uptempo track. The Mariannes offer fresh, beautifully crafted and delivered material with a broad appeal, and this EP displays a band that could very well become a household name.
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