Fling is a coming together of like-minded individuals who share a joy in both music and travel, each one an accomplished musician in their own right. The resultant music is a blend of traditions and styles, a ‘world’ music, that has twangs of Bluegrass, Irish Trad and good ol’ Rock and Roll. Their influences range from Planxty and Lunasa to Rory Gallagher and Led Zeppellin.
The five piece band combines tin-whistle, bass, various string instruments (banjo, mandolin and guitar) and drums/percussion and vocals include three-part harmonies.
On November 11th 2011 the band released their debut album, eponymously named “Fling” . The album was recorded at Grouse Lodge in Westmeath and Sun St. studios in Tuam with the legendary Kenny Ralph, and been enriched with guest musicians such as Steve Wickham from the Waterboys who adds his violin virtuosity on a couple of tracks. It was produced by Derek Murray (The Stunning),who also plays on a track, and mixed by Trevor Hutchinson (Lunasa).
The album continues to receive very favourable reviews, with the Hot Press describing the band as “Virtuosos”.
“Classy stuff from folks high on artistry” Jackie Hayden, Hot Press
“I can see them being mega in the folk world.” Peter Nagle, 2 U I Bestow music
“This is a band that are incredible fun to listen on CD, but I feel that to truly appreciate these fantastic musicians you need to see them live! Never before has music of this genre achieved all it can through recordings, it is something you need to experience. ” Declan O’Toole, Music Review Unsigned
“For a relatively new band their attractive sound has been recognised in gigs as far away as China and along with tours and tributes galore – this band is going places. If they put the energy they encapsulate in the CD into a gig …. I’m there.”
Eileen McCabe, Irish Music Magazine.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags upstairs from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of Jaime Nanci and the Blue Boys in the front bar (9pm, Free).