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Musical brothers ready to step into the limelight with blockbuster film role

IT'S a case of the luck of the Irish for Eoin and Moley O Suilleabhain, the duo known as size2shoes -- but they have the talent to back it up.

After bumping into actor Russell Crowe on a musical tour around the Burren, Co Clare, and only a year later meeting Steven Spielberg and his wife in the same region, the brothers are hoping to crack the big time in a new movie released this winter.

The sons of acclaimed Irish musicians and singers Micheal O Suilleabhain and Noirin Ni Riain, Eoin and Micheal (who calls himself Moley from The Wind in The Willows) caught the attention of the famous movie director with their unique acoustic performance, landing a part in his upcoming blockbuster War Horse.

The film -- which centres on a young Devon farmhand who braves the trenches of World War I in an effort to find his beloved colt, Joey -- will feature the two brothers in a central musical piece.

"We were shocked when we got the call," says Moley. "It was about 2.30 in the morning and the phone rang and I'd had a couple of drinks -- so when he asked us to take part I was like: 'Oh, what date?'," he says with a laugh.

The pair had earlier struck up a musical connection with A-list actor Russell Crowe after meeting him in Co Clare.

"He liked our music and when he was filming in the UK we got back in touch and he asked us to come over and join him on the set of Robin Hood.

"He's mighty craic. We ended up going back for a barbecue with him on the lawn of his house and having a session alongside him and his wife and two children, all of his Merry Men, and Cate Blanchett and her children.

"Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think we would have ever been involved in any of that."

The name of their group, size2shoes, was inspired by an American girl that Moley was "kind of seeing" who had small feet.

The very talented pair were supporting their father at the weekend at the IFTA awards in Dublin before moving on America to record their second album.

Before they go to hopefully take the US by storm, they will be playing a show at the Helix in Dublin on February 26 with their mother Noirin as part of a charity event for the St Francis Hospice. Brendan Gleeson and his two sons will also be performing.

Sunday Independent