An Grianán Theatre have teamed up with our friends at the Regional Culture Centre to present ‘Alone Together’, a mini online music festival featuring five emerging regional acts. Tune in to see ‘Tramp’, ‘Happy Out’, ‘George Houston’ ‘Lunch Machine’ and ‘Laytha’ perform some of their new material and find out what they have been up to over the lockdown period. Launches at 9pm on Cruinniú na nÓg (Fri 12 June) and will be available to watch online throughout the rest of the Lasta Festival.
Combining elements of indie rock and grunge, Tramp’s sound is defined by the ethereal vocals of Siânna Lafferty, the impeccable drum skills of Steamy, bassist Ellie McFadden and guitarist Fionnbarr Doran. Hailing from Derry/Donegal, Tramp are fresh faces on the local music scene but with their unique sound and grunge energy are definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Having cut their teeth playing bars, parks, festivals and anywhere in between, post-indie rock trio Happy Out have chiselled themselves a place as an established crowd favourite within the Donegal/Derry scene. They can be identified by their blown out amplifiers, screaming vocals and decimated drumkits.
Alone Together is proud to introduce George Houston, a young solo musician from Donegal. Inspired by the likes of First aid kit and Lana Del Rey, George’s style can be described as synth/folk. He kicked off his music career last year with his debut single ‘Boo F*cking Hoo’ and then went on to release his very own EP ‘Class of 2020’. With his newest track ‘Motions’ already garnering interest on Spotify we are very excited to see the heights this alternative singer songwriter will reach.
With a sound that is as beautiful and untamed as their home in the west of Ireland comes Laytha. An indie-folk duo from Enniskillen these Irish singer-songwriters specialise in weaving fiery tales and cold ballads. A fusion of contemporary indie melodies and harmonies with dark, traditional folkish rhythms, the roots of Laytha run deep speaks to a wide audience. On their debut EP Taobh Eile, the duo paint bright portraits and landscapes, lined with pain, wanderlust, and a sense of longing. The settings and characters that inhabit Laytha’s world are full of life and struggle, portrayed within rich imagery that incorporates folklore, nature, wilderness and a push back against modernity.
Donegal based ‘granny flat thrunge rock four-piece’ Lunch Machine are a deftly talented group led by vocalist Jude Barriscale, who’s laconic delivery is evocative of that of Courtney Barnett’s. Barriscale’s knack for injecting personal, universal truths with a detached sincerity elevates what could be slack meanderings to poignant social commentary while simultaneously transporting the listener to a peaceful, contemplative state of mind.
This event is part of Lasta, an exciting arts programme curated by young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland. Lasta is based on an original project conceived and delivered by Backstage Theatre, Longford in 2020.
Part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com