Blood Red Mountain Band
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"Gig of the Week"

‘You might expect to encounter a freewheeling bluegrass ensemble such as the Blood Red Mountain Band in the misty backwoods of Appalachia. But in rainy old Dublin in the depths of winter? To their credit the all-Irish outfit side-step the dreary clichés that are too often prevalent whenever a bunch of outsiders set out to investigate American roots music. Yes, their sound is a yammering gumbo of fiddles, mouth organs, mandolins and accordions. Yet there's more to this crew than dueling banjos and hillbilly yodels. In fact, the Blood Red Mountain Band nurse notably experimental ambitions. Frontman Mark Flynn writes his own material and plays a mean blues guitar; dreamy keyboardist Daniel Shanahan, meanwhile, would seem to harbor notions of one day joining Sufjan Stevens's backing band. Holding the whole thing together is French-Irish fiddle player Lucy Jackson, whose first experience of the group was as an audience member, when they performed in a tiny Dublin club several years ago. Combine all these disparate elements and what you get is an enticing home-brew of traditional music and left-field rock. Dismiss them as an Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Tribute act at your peril. - METRO (2007)


"Top 10 Things To Do...#3"

The Blood Red Mountain Band at Whelans.

'Top notch bluegrass...Remarkable' - Evening Herald (Independent Newspaper Group, 2008)


Discography

The Blood Red Mountain Band EP (2008). 'Nice One Rosalita' has been on the playlist at Ireland's Phanthom FM, Dublin City FM, and Spin South West.

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Following from a successful gig at one of Ireland's top festivals The Electric Picnic, The Blood Red Mountain Band released their self-titled debut EP in May 08 on their own label Primate Music.

The EP features four tracks produced by Karl Odlum (The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Fionn Regan) and an additional live track recorded with the DMT String Quartet. Everything, from the recording process (which took place on an island house in West Cork) to the song arrangements and the packaging, all lend the EP a decidedly raw and organic feel.

Previous to this first serious studio stint the band have had an eventful two years with slots at Electric Picnic, Festival of World Cultures, the launch of The Galway Arts Festival, and appearances on Today FM, Newstalk FM and Phantom FM.

Formed in 2005, The Blood Red Mountain Band draw influence everywhere from Ryan Adams to Bonnie Prince Billy. The eclectic line-up features no less than eight members, playing a vast array of instruments. The result is what Metro Newspaper describe as ‘an enticing home-brew of traditional music and left-field rock’, while Brian Boyd (Evening Herald) describes The BRMB as ‘remarkable’ and ‘top notch’.