Mixing traditional Irish folk with some contemporary Irish rap, Steo brings the listener on a journey from the badlands of Dublin, working class, housing estates to the beauty of Ireland’s west coast. Steo paints a picture of rebellious, loved friends and adored, family members, the album being an homage to those gone before him. It’s these family members who give us an understanding of the depth of Steo’s musical influences. When Steo told Davey Spillane of the family connection to the world renowned, gypsy, uillean pipers, Johnny and Felix Doran, Davey offered to put his sound onto one of the tracks. Sarah Doran, an ode to Steo's traveller grandmother is the third track on the album, and Davey Spillane’s whistle is a beautifully-fitting tribute.
See him LIVE on the Liverpool Irish Centre Facebook page, Saturday 23rd January at 8pm
From inauspicious beginnings playing a supposedly one-off show as a favour for their local bar, The Logues are now one of the most sought-after live acts in their native Ireland and beyond, due to their inimitable ‘psycho ceilidh’, ‘whiskey-soaked folk’ style and raucous performances.
The five piece band come from the tiny border of town of Castlederg in County Tyrone. After a few years playing jam sessions in dens of ill repute, the band decided to seek pastures new, armed with the irreverent songwriting chops of tin whistle/bassist Logan McCool. The self-recorded and released Tough at the Bottom (2011) reflected this. Comin’ of Age (2016) shared much of the former’s frenetic, folk punk elements but also marked a progression in sound to elements of singer-songwriter and Americana.
Join them next Wednesday 27th January at 8pm,
Live on Liverpool Irish Centre's Facebook page.