T-bone Shtax & The Latchikos
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T-bone Shtax & The Latchikos

Galway, Connaught, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Galway, Connaught, Ireland | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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"...We just love their energy, and find it hard to believe they are only a trio! Their repertoire includes political songs, spoken word and some of the best damn fiddling on the planet from actor, musician and storyteller Aindrias de Staic. Having traveled and spent a long time in Australia, their music is also influenced by the music of the Aboriginal people.” -


"I didn’t know a thing about the Latchikos but ended up really liking their set! The band consist of just two guys jamming away and they are described as Gyp-Hop. It’ a mixture of Celtic, gypsy, reggae and hip hop. Whatever it is, it’s entertaining stuff!

... The singer/violinist’s facial expressions alone are worth your time ... very energetic, humorous and great music faces. The guitarist/percussionist used a freakin’ green Easter Egg for an instrument. Doesn’t get much more awesome than that!" - Bryan Kremkau, SkaPunkPhotos


"The skillful violinist, Aindrias de Staic of The Latchikos, spun the Sunday crowd into a dizzy spell of dancing." - BeatRoute


"Every year at the festival there’s that one band whose popularity grows throughout out the weekend — even though they started as a band that nobody had heard of, and nobody will probably hear them again until they’re back. Latchikos was that band this year. Another strong couple of workshops on Sunday cemented that title for them..." - Fast Forward Weekly


"10 magical, hypnotic, overwhelming, and oh-so-amazing-it-makes-me-smile-tingle-and-dance songs are on this album. After listening to track 1 “Sugarbeat,” I thought, “Wow, this is amazing. It’s my favorite.” Then, after hearing track 2 “Pish Shtains” I thought, “Craaap, THAT’S my favorite.” Then came track 3, and well you get the idea. Each song affects me this way. The diversity of sounds, rhythms, and lyrics fits together like caramel and chocolate, it’s perfectly soothing, satisfying and exciting at the same time. I DO NOT have a favorite because I can’t pick one.

With song titles like, “The Shligo Rovers,” “Nova Nova,” and “The Moogaga Jig,” this album is so eclectic, groovy, sexy, up, down, funny, sad, wild, crazy, energetic, spirited, and diverse as are the guys in the band. While Aindrias and Eimhin are from Ireland, Tim hails from Australia. Look at Aindrias, he’s so gypsy-looking it’s unreal ... Then, there’s Tim who looks like the cool, hippy cousin (or uncle depending upon your age) you want to go fishing or fighting with. To watch him play his instruments takes my breath away. Then, we come to Eimhin who looks like an accountant rather than a percussionist ... His smile, his singing, his beats blend like flour, sugar and eggs to make the most perfect cake. How crazy is this trio? Oh, and by the way – they ALL sing and play. I tell ya, there is method to the madness. But whatever method these guys use, the formula works..." - Sherry Perkins


“... highlight of the festival ... the Latchikos had steam coming off bald men's heads!” -


Discography

Sugarbeat Sessions

10 Track CD - Released 2013

Off to Bondi Junction - Radio Edit

Single - Released 2013

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Bio

Originators of Gyp-Hop (Gaelic gypsy hip-hop!) The Latchikos blend a rare and witty combination of spoken-word, sham-poetry, blues harmonica, and gypsy violin multi-layered with driving Gaelic beats over a raggle taggle bounce. "Gyp-Hop" seems to be catching on!

Barely together a year, The Latchikos exploded onto the national & international festival circuit last summer: appearing at Glastonbury, Body & Soul (main stage), Calgary Folk Festival (8 shows!), Halifax International Busker Festival (21 shows over 5 days!), playing alongside 'The Waterboys' at The Vancouver Folk Festival and returning to Ireland for the 10th anniversary of The Electric Picnic. At the end of 2013, The Latchikos toured Australia, playing Woodford Folk Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival.


Who are The Latchikos?

Tim Scanlan was crowned Ireland's Greatest Busker at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. Originally from Australia, this exceptional multi-instrumentalist has been touring the world 'busking' for many years.

Galway man Aindrias de Staic has won awards and accolades internationally for his comic acting and violin playing, which accelerate many of the live shows to a sublime crescendo. In London's West End, he performed "Woody Sez," a tribute to the great traveling bard, and in Australia he performed his darkly comic tales of debauchery and redemption (winning Best One Man Play at The Melbourne International Film Festival). Aindrias also presented TG4's 'An Jig Gig' this past Autumn.

Fellow Galway man, drummer, rapper and trombonist, Eimhin Cradock was a drummer for the Saw Doctors for five years in his early twenties. He traded touring internationally with that band for a RAW food diet! He brings high vibrational frequency and thriving super-human rhythms to The Latchikos!

Their catchy song "Off to Bondi Junction" first became a hit on YouTube with its now famous Skype video showing a humorous contrast between the wet west of Ireland and sunny Sydney beaches. The song hit No. 2 in the folk music charts back home in Ireland last October as the band appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows, performing the popular YouTube hit song on SKY TV's "Up for the Match" and the first ever broadcast of TG4's chat show "Roisin" which focused on Australian immigration.


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