The Blood Red Mountain Band
Coolock, County Dublin
Formed in a cellar during a howling storm, The Blood Reds have been
popping up at festivals all over Ireland for the last couple of years.
In 2009 they were awarded the accolade of BEST MUSICAL GROUP
by the Irish festivals umbrella group AOIFE.
For the last six months they have been hard at work on their debut album, recorded partly in Beechpark Studios, Rathcoole and Audioland in Leixlip.
There's a lovely video to watch made by the inimitable Finn Keenan, check it out on
or in our video player below
Recently the band recorded the pivotal track for the award winning
short film 'Crossword'
Watch it on the RTE player at
only available until 23rd April 2012
Or you can listen to the track 'Purple Heather' on our Breaking Tunes Player!
The Band are:
Mark Flynn: guitar & vocals
Joeby Browne: Bass, ukelele and vocals
Sarah May Rogers: Fiddle & vocals
Dave Keegan: Drums
Alison Byrne: vocals
Anthony Gibney: lead guitar
Lindy Sue Devlin: Accordian, Melodica & Glockenspeil
Aoife Kelly: Fiddle
PRAISE FOR THE BLOOD RED MOUNTAIN BAND
'The band’s bluegrass vibes sit as comfortably alongside The Waltons
as Jack White and Arcade Fire, so expect a good old-but-new do-si-do
without having to don any gingham or sit atop prickly bales of hay.
Accordians, mandolins, xylophones, melodicas, harmonicas, moonshine, a
barn dance without the barn - what more could you ask for?'
‘You might expect to encounter a freewheeling bluegrass ensemble such
as the Blood Red Mountain Band in the misty backwoods of Appalachia.
But in rainy old Dublin in the depths of winter? To their credit the
all-Irish outfit side-step the dreary clichés that are too often
prevalent whenever a bunch of outsiders set out to investigate
American roots music. Yes, their sound is a yammering gumbo of
fiddles, mouth organs, mandolins and accordions. Yet there's more to
this crew than dueling banjos and hillbilly yodels. In fact, the Blood
Red Mountain Band nurse notably experimental ambitions. Frontman Mark
Flynn writes his own material and plays a mean blues guitar; dreamy
keyboardist Daniel Shanahan, meanwhile, would seem to harbor notions
of one day joining Sufjan Stevens's backing band. Combine all these
disparate elements and what you get is an enticing home-brew of
traditional music and left-field rock. Dismiss them as an Oh Brother
Where Art Thou? Tribute act at your peril.' Eamon Miller- Metro
The Band have appeared at The Electric Picnic, The Festival of World
Cultures (RIP), The Saint Patrick's Day Festival (Dublin), Rathmullan
festival, The Five Lamps Festival, The Wicklow Arts Festival, Art in
Arcadia, The Flat Lake Festival, The Redline Roots Festival, Dublin
City Soul Festival and the Galway Arts Festival
They have also ripped it up in such venues as Vicar St, Dublin; Dolans
Warehouse in Limerick; Whelans in Dublin and the Village, Dublin.
Their adventurous streak has also lead them to play strange and
wonderful gigs in the four corners of Ireland including Sherkin
Island, West Cork; The tip of Donegal; The middle of Sarsfield Bridge
in Limerick and Boats on the Shannon and the Grand Canal!
Half of the band (Mark, Sarah May and Joeby) host a weekly Bluegrass
session in The INTERNATIONAL BAR every Tuesday at 9pm it's free in!
The likes of Dave Finnegan (Commitments), Liam O'Maonlai, Lisa O'Neill
and the lads from Hardy Bucks have all dropped in to play a tune!