Local blues and roots band Chapel Hill Gang launch new EP


Laura Coates laura.coates@leinsterleader.ie


Laura Coates laura.coates@leinsterleader.ie

Local blues and roots band Chapel Hill Gang launch new EP

Kildare town's Chapel Hill Gang (from left) George Washington, Nicky Brennan, Eamonn Flood, Ciaran Wynne, Gonz Houlihan and Jim Fraser

Kildare town’s very own Chapel Hill Gang will launch their first EP in the Silken Thomas, Kildare Town, last Sunday.

Formed in 2015, the Chapel Hill Gang (whose name derives from the hill leading up to the Round Town in Kildare town) play a combination of blues and roots music.

The band is heavily influenced by legendary artists such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King and JJ Cale.

No two Chapel Hill Gang shows are the same and audience members can always expect a high octane and unique musical performance.

Original band members include Ciaran Wynne (lead vocals and electric guitar), Eamonn Flood (bass guitar), Mark (Sharkey) Wynne (drums) and they were soon joined by George Washington (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Nicky Brennan (lead guitar), Jim Fraser (keyboards) and Gonz Houlihan, who replaced Mark Wynne on the drum stool.

The band regularly performs at the Silken Thomas, Kildare town.

Their gigs always feature local guest artists which in the past have included Vinny Thorpe on saxophone, Gordon Turner on lead guitar, Darren Sweeney on bass guitar and Pierce O'Donnell on lead guitar.