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Alternative // Kilkeel, Down

Kavalier is the brainchild of Ryan O’ Neill, Tommy Rice, James Burns and Mark Mc Donald. An Alternative 4 piece band based in Kilkeel, Co. Down, wedged comfortably between the Mourne mountains and the coast line. While unable to confirm or deny that there is something in the air, or perhaps the water around those parts, Kavalier’s fresh, eclectic music serves to confirm there is certainly something brewing at the foot of the Mournes.

Their formation was brought about in the winter of 2015, evoked by a desire to relieve boredom while simultaneously combating the cold winter climate. The loft space of an old, post-war knitting factory would later become the bands headquarters. Quickly they began to hone in on a sound that concluded the band had potential to develop beyond a means of alleviating winter boredom. As winter turned to spring and into the summer, the band had narrowed down their newly written material to 3 songs. These select tracks would later be recorded and compiled into their debut EP ‘Songs For Walter’ (2016).

Stepping out of the studio and on to the stage since the release to focus on live shows, the band have continued to tweak and perfect their set. Plans have been set to return to the studio in the Autumn to work on the next release.