Top indie bands will come to Dublin’s Grand Social this month for ‘TrocaireLive’ a multi-cultural gig celebrating Irish and world music.
Bottom-right photo: L-R Front row – Kenn Davis and Cye Cortado from Manilla Rhythm, Christine Nalubega from Dembe Dancing Troupe, Justin O’Mahony from Fred. Back row – Joanne McGarry from Trócaire, Joey Sauce and Tim Cullen from The Hot Sprockets. Pic:Marc O’Sullivan
FRED has earned a reputation as a festival favourite with highlights at Electric Picnic and Oxegen. In 2009, a Hot Press reader’s poll put FRED in its top ten and they were nominated at the Meteor Awards for ‘Hope of 2009’ and ‘Best Album’. The band’s most recent release is ‘Leaving My Empire’.
The Hot Sprockets
A phenomenal live band, the past two years have seen these blues-rockers play over 200 gigs, including support slots with The Zutons and The View and a rake of festivals from Arthur’s Day to Electric Picnic. The band’s debut album ‘Honey Skippin’ was described by Hotpress as a triumph. www.thehotsprockets.com
Katie Kim’s ethereal folk/pop has been praised countrywide prompting collaborations with David Kitt and Mike Scott, amongst others. Her second album, ‘Cover and Flood’ is out now. www.facebook.com/dancekatiekimdance
Waterford singer-songwriter, Daniel Scannell, independently released his debut EP ‘Fish for Shooting Stars’ last year. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut album for release this summer. His Seaweedjam Tour will take place this year with dates to be announced in May. http://soundcloud.com/seaweedjam
Filipino band, Manila Rhythm, delivers a synthesis of vocal harmony and acoustic arrangements with influences from Filipino folk to Queen.
Talking Drums is a Nigerian folk drumming group, led by Gabriel Akujobi. 2012 marks their second year of involvement with TrócaireLive, as they also performed at last year’s gig in The Grand Social.
The Dembe Troupe is a group of dancers who originally hail from Uganda. The members of the group now live in various locations throughout Ireland. They perform traditional Ugandan dances, accompanied by drumming beats.