After playing seven gigs in just three days, one Inishowen band has been buzzing and dreaming of the big time.
Since their first official gig in March this year, Moville-Greencastle band Spring Tide have been impressing people throughout the peninsula with gigs at the Buncrana, Moville, Greencastle and finally narrowly missing out on a top prize in Clonmany earlier this week.
Spring Tide – made up of six friends – James O’Donnell, Tony Kelly, Gerard McGuinness, Shaun McGrenaghan, Ronan Hepburn and Luke McGuinness certainly offer something a little different with by using a variety of different instruments including the mandolin, harmonica, tambourine and bongos.
“We just want to offer people something different to the average bands out there nowadays. We will give people watching us little shakers and instruments so they can join in with us. If people watching us are having fun and enjoying themselves it makes it more enjoyable for us,” said song writer James.
Famed for their unique unplugged sound the band include Oscar winning singer/songwriter Glen Hansard, Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson as their main influences but admit they have a variety of tastes: “We like the Kings of Leon, the Frames, the Kinks and many more,” said Tony.
All self taught musicians, (apart from Gerard who was taught by local musician Paddy McLaughlin) the band are continually trying to improve themselves and update their sound.
James, a fisherman by trade, writes a lot of original tracks when at sea. However this local band have high hopes for the future as they have already recorded a six track demo and have plans to make an album.
“It takes a lot of money to done something, but we need to learn new songs and we’re hoping to get a few gigs in Derry and Letterkenny in the meantime. Our next big gig is at the end of the month in the Castle Inn in Greencastle, we’re looking forward to having a weekend off now.” For more information see them on their Facebook page