The day has finally arrived. After years in the making, the long-awaited debut of local folk heroes Ard Ri will be launched at Sandinos Back Bar tonight.
With their live shows already legendary in the city, Ard Ri are no strangers to acclaim and tonight’s gig should prove no exception. Performing a dazzling array of new material and their usual, toe-tapping magic, the lads will put on the show of a century, with support from the fantastic Paddy Nash and The False Fakes.
The new album captures the much-loved folksy sound of Ard Ri, but with a groovy, gritty, slightly sexier edge that leaves you wanting more.
Some of the tracks are already well known to audiences, while others will have punters dancing in the aisles.
All in all, they have surpassed their unusually high standards, delivering one hell of a debut collection filled with harmonicas, mandolins, banjos and bravado. A must-buy for any discerning music aficionado.
Formed originally in January 2007, Ard Ri (meaning High Kings) came into being when Jonny Nutt and Philip Wallace, who had both been in The New Capris, The Whole Tribe Sings and Red Organ Serpent Sound, began creating melodic acoustic songs together and were joined by mandolin king, Kevin Quigley.
By 2009, Quigley had departed the group to make way for Conor O’Kane, better known as Teknopeasant, adding an extra swathe of colour to the Ard Ri palette. The band’s ranks also occasionally swelled with the inclusion of part-timers like ex-Red Organ and Spiderhand guitarist Ciaran Duffy and Celtic Thunder star Keith Harkin.
June 2010 saw Ard Ri reinvent themselves, adding extra weight with a competent rhythm section, Ruari O’Doherty (Little Hooks/ Cuckoo) on electric bass and Conor Mcauley (Swanee River/ Little Hooks ) on Drums. The chrysalis complete, The Ard Ri Band emerged.
Now the time has come for The Ard Ri Band to unleash their debut offering on an unsuspecting crowd, with new addition, ex-Here Come The Landed Gentry singer, Marty Doherty, in tow.
So get yourselves along to Sandinos Back Bar tonight for the spellbinding Ard Ri Band. It all kicks off at 9pm, admission £4.