A Kildare-based band, with members from all over the county, is about to launch its first single from its first album.
With members Clane, Celbridge, Kildare and Newbridge, the Barley Mob have been busy over the past two years since they formed.
“We’ve played about 300 gig since we started,” Clane man Conor Byrne told the Leinster Leader.
And all that playing has helped the lads develop their sound and find one that they’re all happy with.
With seven members, it’s no surprise that there’s an eclectic mix of tastes, from reggae to traditional Irish, to soul and trumpets and even a bit of good old fashioned loud rock and roll!
Their first since ‘Stand up, Rise up, Big up’ is, Conor says, “a positive theme on a protest”.
It’s a plea for unity as people deal with their current climate, Mr. Byrne explains. “It’s a very uplifting sort of song.”
The band was brought together by a combination of old friends and social media advertising for members. “It went from three to four and eventually seven, which is just perfect for a crew cab Transit Van!”
The lads have been gigging all over the country and Kildare, from playing in festivals and in Judge Roy Beans, to the Corner House in Clane.
“Thankfully we’re wanted,” Conor says, and adds: “We’re the luckiest guys in the world, to be getting gigs and playing.”
The band’s sound is generally what he calls ‘mainstream’, “but it’s got influences of reggae, folk, punk, rock and soul”.
“That being said, our songs can be quite ‘ballady’ in places – there could be thin whistles, trumpets or rock riffs.”
But it’s not like the Rock and Roll lifestyle is about to go to their heads.
“We’ve all had extensive time in plenty of other bands,” Conor says.
“So we’re all at the ripe old age of our late 20’s. We feel a little wiser and calmer in the game – not everything has to be as instant any more!”