Boom, BUST & BAILOUT , a three-piece acoustic band based in the city went down a storm at the National Blog awards held in the Osprey in Portlaoise at the weekend.
The trio play a mixture of folk, rock, trad, indie, blues and altenative music. They cover an eclectic range of music from different bands including: Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, The Doors, Stone Roses, The Pogues, The Rolling Stones and The Jam.
The band formed in March 2011, and derived the name from being witnesses to the ‘boom’ and due to the recession feeling a degree of being ‘bust. Following Ireland’s bailout, a new regular in the nations vocabulary became an ideal adjunct for the ‘three- piece’ band name and the name seemed to capture the times and the spirit of the band’s sessions.
The band play an unusual line up of instruments so it’s always interesting to see what a big full ‘plug in’ band song sounds like when its broken down to its bare bones. A great example of this is the band’s rendition of the Joy Division Classic Love Will Tear Us Apart where the guys play with acoustic guitar, cittern and a djembe drum. The band consists of James Savage on vocals, guitar, banjo, Manus Crowley on Vocals, cittern, guitar and Colm Byrne on baritone vocals, Djembe, shakers, bongos. The band plays most Friday nights in Billy Byrnes on John Street. For more information and dates see their page on Facebook.