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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Walking on Cars and Turf rock Dingle to the core

Published 01/01/2014 | 05:36

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AFTER a year that saw Walking On Cars go from being well-known in West Kerry to one of Ireland's fasting growing bands in terms of popularity it must have been quite something for Pa Sheehy, Sorcha Durham, Evan Hadnett, Paul Flannery and Dan Devane to look out at the huge local crowd which had packed the Hillgrove for the group's homecoming gig in Dingle on Sunday night.

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AFTER a year that saw Walking On Cars go from being well-known in West Kerry to one of Ireland's fasting growing bands in terms of popularity it must have been quite something for Pa Sheehy, Sorcha Durham, Evan Hadnett, Paul Flannery and Dan Devane to look out at the huge local crowd which had packed the Hillgrove for the group's homecoming gig in Dingle on Sunday night.

It was a night which also saw the emergence of another local band in the guise of Turf - who hail from Castle and Camp - and who stepped up to the mark when the original support act scheduled to perform on the night fell through.

The talented youngsters more than lived up to expectation by establishing a template for what it to come from them in years to come and the packed auditorium showed their appreciation in great measure.

Turf set the stage perfectly for their neighbours, Walking On Cars, who opened the gig to rapturous applause and screams of adoration from fans, young and old.

Hits such as 'Two Stones' and 'Tick Tock' went down a storm as Pa Sheehy, Dan Devane, Sorcha Durham, Evan Hadnett and Paul Flannery also treated the home crowd to some new material.

2013 was a huge year for Walking On Cars, who are now regulars on the nation's airwaves and have sold-out gigs across the country. They also appeared on The Late Late Show and have even played support to US rock giants Paramore at Dublin's O2.

2014 promises even more from the talented quintet who are reportedly taking some time out to work on a new album early in the year but not before they take their sound from Dingle to Dubai this January where they will be gigging.

One thing was certain on Sunday night; that these home-town heroes still remain true to themselves - something which is hugely appreciated by their West Kerry fans who reciprocated in massive measure.

As the encore for 'Catch Me If You Can' brought down the house in the Hillgrove last Sunday night it was clear that we were all witness to something special.

Kerryman

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