Between Leaves..Traz and Matthew Nolan (3epkano)November 16, 2009
Donal opened up Thursday night’s show with a very special session from probably the freshest acts of the festival: Traz. Formed less than a year ago the four friends (Paul Scully – Guitar/Piano, Sadhbh Burt Fitzgeral – Vocals/Violin, Padraig Dooney – Piano/ Saxophone, Louis Mahon – Vocals/Violin) are all Transition Year students at Mount Temple school. Heavily influenced by Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine and Bon Iver they’ve started writing their own songs of late, two of which they played for Donal on air.
Taking those guitar driven influences as a starting point they add some stunning choir style voices in 2, 3 and 4 part harmonies, a dollop of low sax and a love of the fiddle and you get a very irish take on american alt folk. The first track has some whistling that Andrew Bird would be proud of and a stunning all vocal finale, and the second is a personal favourite (I blogged about them a little while ago after hearing them at a Dineen gig in The Joinery) which I now know is called King Days.
I can’t urge you strongly enough to give this a playback, really exciting new talent to be aware of and we can’t wait to see what they blossom into.
The second part of Thursdays show saw Matthew Nolan from 3Epkano drop in to chat to Donal and share some great music choices. He and epkano-mate Cam were due to play live but illness and injury intervened- a new date will be set up though. Matthew chatted to Donal about the early beginnings of 3Epkano, some of their first projects, and the inspirations behind the group’s formation. Matthew and Donal played a selection of 3epkano works, peppered with Matthews favourite tunes from Tindersticks, Karen Dalton, Rachel Grimes and Cat Power, and Donal’s pics of Robert Wyatt and Linda Perhacs.
LISTEN BACK to the show HERE>