New 'One Horse Pony' single as they prep for Kerry show

‘One Horse Pony’ are preparing to play a show at K-Fest in Killorglin on June 2
‘One Horse Pony’ are preparing to play a show at K-Fest in Killorglin on June 2

Fergus Dennehy

If the brief sample of music that I had a chance to listen to before writing this article is anything to go by, then the people of Killorglin are in for a treat next month when 'One Horse Pony' take to the stage.

The band, who have live shows coming up in Cork, Dublin and Portlaoise, will perform in Killorglin on June 2 as part of the K-Fest weekend.

"From the muddy waters of Ireland's deep south come One Horse Pony, an alt-roots outfit whose DNA can be traced to the swamp lands of Louisiana, smouldering with earthy Cajun tones and racous intent," states a brief synopsis of the band.

Still in their infancy as a band, they have already played with and received plaudits from legends like Blind Boys of Alabama and in a short space of time have racked up festival appearances at Electric Picnic, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Indiependence, Kilkenny Roots Festival and more.

The original meaning of Corcaigh, the band's hometown, is a marshy place and maybe there is a deeper connection here between the sounds of America's Mississippi Delta and Leeside. 

"This is not music with straight sides and sharp corners; it is music born of rough edges, crooked lines, with fire in its belly and alt-roots at its heart," states a description of the bands style in a release.

Their debut single 'Muddy Waters' will be released on May 25 just ahead of their Kerry show. The title of the single could be taken as a homage to the great man himself, a tribute to where they are from or simply a rhythmic-roots tour de force whose screeching harmonica and foot-stomping drive sets the stall out perfectly for a band intent on capturing their much-heralded live performances.

'Muddy Waters' is taken from an EP, Hot One (produced by Gavin Glass) which is due out later this year. 

"In the meantime, enjoy the sounds of Ireland's freshest, yet simultaneously dirtiest, no-good, shack-in-the-swamps outfit that go by the name of One Horse Pony," the release finished. Don't miss out!