Irish Band Of The Week – Ye Vagabonds
This week’s Irish Band of the Week are Ye Vagabonds, a Dublin based band comprised of Carlow brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn.
In their earlier years they busked on the streets of Carlow and beyond, establishing their own style of folk music, mingling it with the acoustic stylings of other artists they admired. They soon garnered a lot of attention for their music, and, realising that their diversity and unique musical approach stood out amongst all the other music monotony that was appearing on the Irish music scene, they decided to capitalise on their brilliance and move to the capital. Their move was almost two years ago and since then, they have been honing their talents and establishing their folksy-blues among music fans and musicians alike.
Even more impressive than their continued determination was their desire to expand upon the folk music scene in Dublin by hosting a Monday night folk session in Walsh’s pub, Stoneybatter which has gained notoriety for its candid nature and diversity. It was the passion for their music that caught the eye of film make, Myles O’Reilly who compiled several short videos of their music which, in an almost cyclical manner, caught the attention of music lovers far and wide for both their production and the music featured in them.
Eventually, Ye Vagabonds were fortunate enough to play the Other Voices stage, as well as playing a whole array of festivals and shows throughout Ireland and the UK. After a chance meeting at their Electric Picnic gig, Ye Vagabonds recently came to the attention of Glen Hansard who, after seeing them play, immediately invited the pair to join him on his recent European tour in October 2015. It was in the same month that they released their debut EP, Rose & Briar, which proved to be a beautiful snippet of their charming folk stylings.
Even more impressively, Ye Vagabonds recently opened for Villagers from 15 – 28 February 2016 on tour around Europe, before heading to the studio to record their debut album, which I’m certain will be received with as much acclaim as the rest of their work.