‘ On stage this hybrid monster roams the space between their instruments and your ears like some kind of fairytale colossus spewing out metal, flamenco and jazz stained compositions that raise their guitar necks to Tool, Django & Daft Punk. Be warned………. Don’t feed the animal!’
– Ray Blackwell (Director, Clonikilty International Guitar Festival)
Sligo instrumental group Túcan have recorded a series of eight live videos of interpretations of classic dance tracks as well as some of their own original tracks called ‘The Factory Sessions’. The release will be focused intensively on online mediums such as Youtube, iTunes etc with a heavy promotion aspect aimed at social networking sites.
Beginning life as a mild mannered two piece (Donal Gunne and Pearse Feeney), they now have two new members, Paul Wherly and Keith Kelly. When playing live, the new additions combine acoustic instrumentalists Gunne and Feeney’s relentless energy and expertise with fat bass lines and atomic drums.
Túcans debut album “Aliquot Strings”, produced by Lance Hogan of Kila and released in 2009 on their own label Túcan Music, charted in Ireland and was critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. The album is a firecracker of driving rhythms and virtuoso guitar craft which brings the listener on a considerable adventure in a concise thirty six minutes.
They have attracted their fair share of attention during their rise through the irish music scene performing with international acts such as Jose Feliciano, Regina Spektor as well as contemporaries Rodrigo y Gabriella and Alabama 3. They have been banned from busking on Grafton Street in Dublin lived as street performers in Prague and Barcelona, and have played the Electric Picnic every year since 2007 to packed houses each time.
Watch Tucan HERE