Viking Project's album is ready
Brothers Andy and Steven Guyett of the band The Viking Project sport the beards required for such a moniker.
The talented lads from Shankill share the folk band with Michael Purcell from Bray and South Dublin colleagues David Dully and Caimin Gilmore.
Their self-titled mini-album of six tracks is ready after about a year of work and will be launched at the Purty Loft in Dun Laoghaire on Friday, March 28.
Doors open at 8 p.m. with support by Bray's The Cujo Family. Spoken word artist Noel Sweeney will MC, host and generally entertain on the evening. Admission of €10 will include a brand spanking new album.
The sound so far is guitar driven, this born out of an inherent love of great rock'n'roll music. Banjos and mandolins, harmonicas and other instruments made their way on to the recordings as well as the singing voices of four of the band members.
Steven's musical career started out on guitar, while Andy picked up the drumsticks. They eventually started jamming as a duo when Andy picked up a guitar and ultimately the two started doing pub gigs.
'We wanted to do our own music,' they said. While covers paid the bills they were after creative fulfilment.
The rest of the band members were friends or they had met at open mic nights and had 'a shared love of vocal harmonies.'
Some of the band members are classically trained, others self-taught, and they've managed to develop a shared vocabulary which deepens their bond as an outfit.
They rehearse in Bray's Solas rehearsal studios and reckon they would live in the Harbour Bar if it was allowed.
That same bar's sound engineer Michiel 'Hog' Hogerzeil is the one who recorded their mini album at his home in Roundwood.
He is one of the friends who believes in their music and have given their own work mainly on tick to make it happen.
A mix of graduates, professional musicians and out-of-work tradesmen, the guys aren't in it for the money.
Any few quid they occasionally make goes right back in to paying expenses accrued by the creative exercise.
Meanwhile, they get to play their own music all over the country in venues and festivals from Body and Soul, Knockanstockan, Castlepalooza, and Life Festival to Vantastival and the Electric Picnic.
A video they shot in the belly of Busaras represented 'a juxtaposition of theme and location,' aid Andy. They said the song was about exit and emigration so a travel hub was an appropriate location for its video.
To listen to some songs go to www.vikingprojectmusic.com.