THE BONNY MEN
The Bonny Men
“This is a stunning debut album, filled with energy and references to the best Irish ensemble work from the heydays of the 1970’s. Its retro and modern. They’ve a huge future ahead of them, they’ll be the big bookable trad band for 2012”, Seán Laffey, Irish Music Magazine.
In the twelve months that The Bonny Men have been together, they have emerged as the most talked about, and exciting young band to emerge from the trad/folk scene in Ireland.
Their debut album, self entitled ‘The Bonny Men’, was recorded live over four days in the internationally renowned Windmill Lane Recording Studios. This album captures the raw energy and life with which these young musicians play music.
Their unique sound features two sets of siblings, both from well known musical families. Barry Lyons takes on the role of guitar, while on bodhrán is his brother Conor, twice winner of the World Bodhrán Championships. On uilleann pipes is Oireachtas champion Maitiú Ó Casaide and his younger sister Natalie plays the piano. All-Ireland winner Moss Landman is on flute, Turlough Chambers is on fiddle and Adam Whelan is on bouzouki.
Íde Nic Mhathúna is the lead vocalist in the band. The Bonny Men’s singing capabilities are quite remarkable. Íde can sing in both Irish and English, and her powerful voice is unforgettable once heard. Adding to this, Conor has a strong distinctive singing voice with a repertoire of his own, and all band members are adept at backing vocals and harmonies, giving each song they sing a full wall of sound. Their repertoire of songs range from contemporary, folk and sean ós.
Mossy Nolanis a singer & musician based in Dublin, Ireland who has emerged over the 12 months as one of Ireland’s most exciting and talked about young folk musicians. Mossy plays a mix of original folk influenced string music & songs as well as very unique arrangements of traditional material. His debut album features heartfelt well crafted songs along with some rip-roaring odd shaped tunes.
Mossy has been compared musically to Planxty, Andy Irvine & Sean Tyrrell, and pocesses spectacular vocal ability. Live sound consists of Mossy on vocals, Bouzouki and mandolin with Colm Mcgowan on guitars, vocals and effects.
Recent Gig Highlights: Mossy has a had an exciting year leading up to the launch of his debut album with appearances at the spirit of folk festival, where he was described as one of the best acts of the weekend and also featured on Donal Dineen’s radio show on several occasions in the past year.
Mossy is also a part of Cavan singer, Lisa O’Neill’s band and played a list of high profile gigs in 2011 including support to Villagers in the 2011 Marley park series
of summer gigs as well as an appearance on Other Voices 9.
TRAD FEST EVENTS
Thu 26th – TREMOLO & ALPACA JAMBOREE
Sat 28th – WICKER BONES & LYNCHED
Sun 29th – BUNOSCIONN
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).