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After many home-recorded demos, the first 3-track E.P. was recorded in Sun Street Studios in Tuam. This E.P. contained the tracks Forgive Yourself, Just Three Words and You My Idol and featured Dave Burke on drums and Felim O'Donnell on flute and percussion. The tracks done the rounds around the country receiving much positive feedback both at gigs and on the Net. In particular Matt McGee from the popular U2 tribute site -, gave a very favourable write-up on the demo...."I'm hoping to hear more in the not-too-distant future. Somebody sign these guys and get a proper album out..." - Matt McGee, Following that review hits to went through the roof and the band now have a spread of listeners across the world. A second demo was recorded in 2004 featuring Mika Kaida on violin. Mika's contribution convinced everyone that violin made an essential contribution to the bands sound. With Mika having to return to her native Japan a search was immediately underway for a replacement. However, this was not to happen for another year when Enda and Michael had a chance encounter at a session (music not drinking session!!) in Galways Ti Naughtons. In late 2004 Agiven received a grant in recognition of their work to date from The Arts Council. This was used to fund the most recent demo featuring two songs - 'This Little Thing We Have' and 'Born To?' and feature the drum work of Dave Concannon. The tracks were recorded in Grouse Lodge studios in Westmeath and were engineered and mixed by Stefano Soffia who has worked with acts such as Doves, Manic Street Preachers and Horslips.
Our latest E.P ( Legible words for the morning ) is on sale on cd baby and our music is being streamed online via our myspace and .com .



Formed in early 2002, the current core line-up of AGIVEN comprises of Niall McGrath (vocals, guitar), Enda Ward (lead guitar) and Kevin O'Sullivan (bass), Michael Chang(violin) and Ian Mc Donald (Percussion).
To date AGIVEN have played venues across Ireland including Roisin Dubh, Cuba*, The Quays and GPO in Galway, Dolans of Limerick, Cleere's of Kilkenny, and The Green Room, Voodoo Lounge and Slatterys (Rathmines and Capel Street) in Dublin. AGIVEN have shared the stage with acts such as The Hothouse Flowers, Aslan, The Guggenheim Grotto, Dawn Kenny and many more. The band have developed an archive of material with songs typically developed acoustically and then expanded to full band arrangements. This modus operandi has resulted in two almost distinct sets of the same songs - acoustic and electric - each having their own unique sound and feel. Experimentation with a multitude of instruments is continually ongoing (featuring violins, flute, guitar synths, samplers, piano, djembe, bongos and zyladrum) to create constant variations of the live set.