The Young Folk – Irish Band Of The Week
This week’s Irish Band of the Week is one that’s destined for alternative/folk/pop stardom. The Young Folk are one of the foremost Irish acts of 2015, poised to take Europe by storm in 2015 and 2016. In fairness, they’ve pretty much conquered Ireland with an immense following in Dublin, and a gig supporting Delorentos on their ‘Home Again’ acoustic tour earlier this month only reinforces their success.
Not absolutely folk based, The Young folk have drawn upon a whole work of genres to create a sort of youthful sound, rich with electric guitars, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo, trombone, melodica, xylophone. Their sound is one imbued with a whole array of self-imposed genres, combined to create a sort of new-age pop sound that still carries the rich songwriting legacy of Irish folk music. Naturally, that’s inescapable when, like Anthony Furey, you’re the son and nephew of members of the legendary Fureys. However, he shoulders what others would see as a weighty reputation very well, in fact his songwriting ability is the perfect antidote to modern day moodiness that seems so prevalent in songs. Instead, their sound is about being uplifting, there’s this striking optimism to their sound that just permeates your bones.
The band have spent the last few years carving out a serious reputation for themselves in Ireland and further abroad, filling some of Dublin’s favourite venues, as well as tours in the UK, USA, and Canada, and performances at SXSW, MIDEM, Cambridge Folk Festival, Electric Picnic and others.
Their debut, The Little Battle, is a wonderful blend of musical genres. The folksy sound merges with more upbeat pop rhythms and becomes this sort of rousing venture through modern Irish music, but with a vein of classical Irish music pulsing through it, creating a rich tapestry of sound.
If you need a something to lift you out of your Monday blues then check out this beautiful track: