Irish Band of The Week – Little Bear

Little’s first installation of our new weekly “Irish Band of the Week” section comes to you in high anticipation of the Meteor Camden Crawl Festival.

Taking place on May 3rd-5th, Meteor Camden Crawl ’13’s line up consists of over 150 International and Irish acts taking over 14 of Dublin’s venues for a weekend that shouldn’t be missed.

But there’s one Derry band taking to the stage for the festival on Saturday 4th, that we just had to feature in the run-up to Camden Crawl…

Little Bear are a Derry-based four piece who will take to the intimate Unitarian Church stage this Saturday alongside Echo & The Bunnymen and Fionn Regan. Not a bad line-up but it’s the Northern Irish band who immediately caught our eye. No strangers to, Little Bear have often turned up in our photos and review section where they have always impressed, but following a last-minute slot on the critically acclaimed Other Voices line-up, Little Bear demand a spot as our first Irish Band of the Week.

Little Bear’s music consists of poignant, emotionally weighted and beautifully written lyrics with slowly built up choruses and bold climaxes that translate brilliantly onto a live stage. Lead singer Steven McCool’s vocals are incredibly absorbing and impassioned and it’s hard not to get completely lost in their sets. Listening to them live or recorded, it’s hard to tell that this band have only been around since 2011 and it’s their musical and lyrical maturity that sets them apart from the rest. This is a powerful band right on the edge of incredulous success and Camden Crawl should undoubtedly instigate their big break. Their live sets are often credited with being “an experience” rather than just a gig and so we cannot wait for them to grace the Unitarian Church stage.

Here’s Little Bear”s track “The Few and Far Between” for those looking for a sample of what they’re in for this weekend.

Tickets for their gig on Saturday including all other Camden Crawl gigs that day are available on for €39.05 and 3-Day Tickets are also still available.

Article by Laur Ryan


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