Wednesday 21 March 2018

Quakers moving up in the world

The Quakers.
The Quakers.

Garrett Lavin

"WE hope this EP will get our music to the people that have never heard our music before and build up a bit of our following."

So say The Quakers, who are hoping their new EP will give their profile a bit of a boost when they launch it this weekend.

The young band from south county Sligo, Sean Wynne (Lead Vocals, Banjo, and Mandolin), Fergal Gallagher (Fiddle, Bass), Brian Martin (Drums) Gavin McGuire (Mandolin, Guitar) and Alan McDonagh (Piano, Bass, and Mandolin), have been together for just over two years.

The band's style of music is often referred to as a blend of bluegrass and country rock but they feel that is misguided.

Sean Wynne the lead singer is adamant that their "music is not bluegrass" and they would label their blend of music as "folk rock".

The band formed in 2012 when Sean who was performing solo at the time "needed some assistance at an upcoming gig."

Fergal said: "We have been working on the EP for the last two years ... we have released CD's before but this is the first fully complete one and between gigs, recording material and making changes to songs it has taken a bit of time."

The Quakers have gone from strength to strength in the past year culminating in their victory at the Heineken 'Battle of the Bands' last year.

Fergal added: "It was a real achievement to win the 'Battle of the Bands' as the competition was very high."

The band have a busy summer ahead of them, having already played Rock'n the Green they are due to play at Sea Sessions in Bundoran at the end of this month.

The band are about to expand in to the UK as they are "scheduled to play the Tinkerman Festival on the Isle of Man and have just been confirmed to play at Lakefest in Gloucestershire in early August."

When asked about who their influences were a debate arose amongst the members of the band but they finally settled on Mumford and Sons, The Waterboys, Kings of Leon, Old Crow medicine show and José Gonzalez along with many others.

The Quakers do their fair share of local gigs. You can often find them in The Swagman as the unofficial in house band.

"We are also playing at the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day and we're booked out during the Fleadh" which is being held in Sligo this year.

"There are no plans of a tour yet but hopefully we might do a few gigs in England in the Summer of 2015."

The Quakers will be launching their new EP 'In the Shade of the Honey Tree' on June 21 in the Swagman Bar.

You can find their music on QuakersROI.

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