Maynooth, County Kildare
Witches' Rave are a 4-Piece Alternative band based in Maynooth, Ireland. The band mainly draws influence from the likes of Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. There are also influences from a wide range of other acts, from grunge bands through to folk and jazz.
The band was formed in early Spring of 2016 as a songwriting project between Philip McCarthy and Aidan "Fraiser" McManus. The pair worked together on unfinished songs until they had the material to begin playing local open mic gigs. Robert Kelly provided percussion during this time. Oisín O'Neill then joined the band on guitar to complete the lineup. In the summer of 2016, the group began gigging with this full band set up, performing under a handful of different names before deciding on the name Witches' Rave.
The band has progressed rapidly since then. The groups involvement with the Common Grounds Collective has seen them become fixtures of a blossoming music scene which is developing in Maynooth. Highlights from this year include: Supporting Good Time Villains at their EP launch in The Grand Social and in JJ Harlows, Roscommon as part of their EP promotion. Headlining the relaunch of Maynooths Loft Venue Open Mic/Bands Night. The band has also played support to international acts Poly-Math (Brighton, UK) and Gunned Down Horses (Copenhagen, Denmark) as part of their recent Irish tours. Witches' Rave will also support French Alt-Rock band Spinabifida on their Irish tour in January to kick off what is set to be a busy year for the Maynooth 4-Piece.
Witches' Rave are:
Philip McCarthy - Vocals/Guitar.
Fraiser McManus - Bass/Vocals.
Oisín O'Neill - Guitar.
Robert Kelly - Drums.