Live from the Window at Whelan’s
THE RED BLOOD MOUNTAIN BAND
– PLAY THE FRONT BAR –
7pm – FREE ENTRY
Formed in a cellar during a howling storm, The Blood Reds have been popping up at festivals all over Ireland for the last couple of years.
In 2009 they were awarded the accolade of BEST MUSICAL GROUP by the Irish festivals umbrella group AOIFE.
“You might expect to encounter a freewheeling bluegrass ensemble such as the Blood Red Mountain Band in the misty backwoods of Appalachia.
But in rainy old Dublin in the depths of winter? To their credit the all-Irish outfit side-step the dreary clichés that are too often prevalent whenever a bunch of outsiders set out to investigate American roots music. Yes, their sound is a yammering gumbo of fiddles, mouth organs, mandolins and accordions. Yet there’s more to this crew than dueling banjos and hillbilly yodels. In fact, the Blood Red Mountain Band nurse notably experimental ambitions. Frontman Mark Flynn writes his own material and plays a mean blues guitar; dreamy keyboardist Daniel Shanahan, meanwhile, would seem to harbor notions of one day joining Sufjan Stevens’s backing band. Combine all these disparate elements and what you get is an enticing home-brew of traditional music and left-field rock. Dismiss them as an Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Tribute act at your peril.” Eamon Miller- Metro
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).