Saturday, 29 August 2015

Video: The Bonny Men - Kottayam

The Bonny Men Kottayam Moyne Road Irish Trad Music

The Bonny Men, 'Kottayam'

Info: The Bonny Men are a seven-piece traditional folk band from Dublin whose roots and musical background is in traditional Irish music. The band recently released their second album, Moyne Road, the follow-up to their self-titled album which was released the year they were founded in 2011. By far they are the most accomplished act in their genre, live shows and recordings receiving unanimous praise amongst both punters and critics, with Hot Press acknowledging their  "....reputation for electric live performances with an energy reminiscent of the legendary Bothy Band". Their first album reached No.1 in the Irish Music Magazine charts, with the magazine’s editor Sean Laffey stating, “this is a stunning debut album, filled with energy and references to the best Irish ensemble work from the heydays of the 1970’s…they will be the big bookable band.”

High praise indeed and well earned by The Bonny Men who just released a music video for 'Kottayam' (above), a song from the opening track of Moyne Road with all footage recorded in India on a recent international tour. The video was shot entirely by the band themselves as they travelled around the sub-continent and it's a very uplifting watch to accompany a great track shot in an almost documentary style. Whilst many find traditional Irish music inaccessible or outside of their own personal taste, the contemporary folk infusion that they have developed, as well as mastery of their respective instruments, will appeal to anyone who has a remote interest in 1970's and 1980's Irish folk music from the likes of The Dubliners, The Pogues and Planxty but with added fresh ideas and individuality. 

The Bonny Men, 'The A Minor Reels'

To hear more music from The Bonny Men and find out more about the band click on the following links;

The Bonny Men are: Turlough Chambers, Natalie Ní Chasaide, Conor Lyons, Moss Landman, Adam Whelan, Maitiú Ó Casaide & Barry Lyons.

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