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"Na Fianna end All Ireland journey with heads held high"

AFTER what has been an exciting, gruelling, nervous and unique few months for Na Fianna, the journey finally came to an end for John, Damian, Ros and Lee when they finished in second place at the final of the All Ireland Talent show.

Since entering the auditions for the popular talent programme last Autumn, the group have been catapulted into the spotlight with judges and the audience alike enjoying their take on Irish traditional ballads. All four members are accomplished musicians and have had plenty of airtime to showcase their talents, performing live four times on national TV, each night with an average audience of over 700,000.

Proving themselves as musicians of merit, Na Fianna have enjoyed praise from all judges involved, as well as warm comments from popular music manager Louis Walsh. John Walsh, one quarter of the band was delighted to hear this. “We were thrilled to hear this huge compliment from someone so successful. We are taking each day as it comes, but if Louis Walsh wants to meet us we would be more than happy to.”

The band have very little time for a break now the show is over, with a hectic schedule of gigs around the country. The boys are also hoping to record and release their first single ‘The Music Makers’ in the near future.

When asked if the show had changed them in anyway, John was quick to point out the great experience gained and the learning curve for the band. “We did learn so much, but we tried to enjoy ourselves, as we do with every performance. We hope we did ourselves and our families, and our county proud.”

Although very disappointed to come so close and not win, John says that the group are concentrating on the many positives from the experience. “It was a wonderful experience which really raised the profile of the band. If you put everything into it, you will get it back, and we put everything into this show.”

The group have a hectic schedule of gigs in the next few days, playing The Field in Kilkenny today from 4pm to 6pm, Lanigans tomorrow night, and dates in Kerry before returning to The Field on Monday night. The group will also be playing closer to home on Friday, March 26, when they take to the stage in the Hazel Hotel in Monasterevin. Tickets are available now for this gig. Check out Na Fianna on Facebook for more information and upcoming dates for the Laois/Kilkenny foursome. - Leinster Express


"Vote Na Fianna on Sunday"

Everybody is being urged to get behind local musicians Na Fianna this Sunday when they represent the East on RTÉ's All Ireland Talent Show at 6.30pm. The band received the highest result from the judges after their last RTE performance and now they need your votes to get to the next stage.

Na Fianna are determined to win public support and they have surely earned it. Since their last televised performance the band have travelled all over the country seeking support.

In Kilkenny they performed a number of charity shows including a fundraising event for Haiti in St Mary’s Cathedral, a performance for the Rape Crisis Centre in MacDonagh Junction and a concert in The Friary, Callan, that raised money for Chernobyl.

They have visited schools all over the country, togged out with Brian Cody and the Kilkenny Senior Team and they even canvassed politicians John and Andrew McGuinness for support.

The band are very proud to play Irish music, and representing Kilkenny and indeed the East is something they don’t take for granted. In a competition which pits region against region, as well as act against act, it's more than personal pride at stake - it's also pride of place. The winning act will walk away with a f50,000 prize.

“In many communities in Ireland, sessions were and are an integral part of community life. All three families’ houses would have been known as rambling houses in the past and it was in these where the passion music and song was fostered,” said Ross Hennessey of Na Fianna.

“The sing song is part and parcel of family and friends gathering together. We love ballads because they tell a story. Often it can be a love story or a funny story and often it can be the history within a song. Ballads in particular are a great way of communicating, remembering and passing on our heritage in music and song to the children of tomorrow,” he said.

The band is now asking all our readers to give them their support on Sunday when the band performs on RTE 1.

“We can’t do this without public support. The Wildcard show is all about votes and if we don’t get the votes we don’t get through. We are delighted with the reactions from Kilkenny supporters as we travelled around but now we really need everybody to text in their vote for us on Sunday,” said Damian Walsh (bodhran and vocals).

“And remember, you can vote as many times as you like so vote early and vote often. No matter what the end result is on Sunday we would like to say a big thanks to our family, friends and all of our supporters in Kilkenny,” said Ross Hennessy. - Kilkenny People


"Na Fianna aiming for number one with ‘The Last One’"

THE county’s favourite Irish traditional music band Na Fianna launched their debut single last week.

The track, titled ‘The Last One,’ has already made an impact on the Irish Itunes chart and with a music video to follow, the group are set for singles chart glory.

The band made up of brothers John and Damian Walsh, Ross Hennessy and Lee Campion are now under the management of Darren Farrell.

Farrell first saw potential in the band on The All-Ireland Talent Show stage last year. The Laois/Kilkenny band filmed the music video for ‘The Last One’ at the Set Theatre in Kilkenny.

The music video is described by bodhrán player Damian Walsh as a mixture of their “live performance and an MTV-style video”.

‘The Last One’ was a song written especially for the band by close friend Shay Healy. The band is also in the process of writing their own material, which they hope to add to their gigs along with songs that have been written for them by outside writers and traditional Irish classics.

The group has big plans for the future, with a summer tour of Ireland, the launch of a live CD and DVD next month and the hope of bringing Irish traditional music to the American music scene.

With overseas performances in places such as the UK, Germany and France already booked, this is one Irish band destined for global success.

Keep an eye on the website ‘nafiannamusic.com’ for all Na Fianna news and updates, including upcoming gigs. - Laois Nationalist - Michael Treacy


"Na Fianna take to a bigger stage in talent show"

Na Fianna are the latest act that has come out of the south-east to go on to bigger, brighter things.

Now representing the East in The All Ireland Talent Show, Na Fianna are keeping a cool head under the new publicity they’ve been attracting.

The band started gigging in Kilkenny in 2006 and have become a household name around the town ever since. Often playing in Lanigans bar, the band put on a great show for lovers of Irish music.

The four members are John and Damien Walsh from Ballinakill in Laois, Lee Campion from Durrow in Laois and Ross Hennessy from Loughboy in Kilkenny.

Band member, John Walsh, spoke to The Kilkenny Advertiser about their recent successes and what they hope to eventually achieve. He mentioned the band’s up-coming appearances in Kilkenny and Ballinakill.

“Obviously we dream of being a successful Irish band creating a name for ourselves throughout the country by playing bigger gigs but we’re taking everything one step at a time and are keeping our feet on the ground.

“We are only guaranteed one night on television so everything depends on that. As it stands we still have a long way to go.”

The band has being doing a lot of charity events and has also been touring schools bringing a bit of Christmas spirit with them as they sing their Christmas carols and wish the children a happy Christmas.

“We’ve done a couple of charity nights for breast cancer including one a few months ago in Ballinakill which got a great turn out. We’ve also had a great time over the last few weeks in the schools with the kids, ” John continued.

For your chance to see the band perform live, head down to the Market Cross on Christmas Eve where they will be performing in aid of Focus Ireland. It is sure to be a very special performance from the four lads.
- Kilkenny Advertiser - Kate O'Neill


Discography

In 2011, Na Fianna released an original song called "The Last One”, which reached number 2 in the Singer/Songwriter Download Chart in Ireland. This was accompanied by a Live Album & DVD which can be purchased from their on-line store: http://www.nafiannamusic.com/shop.html
Na Fianna hope to release three more original singles in early 2012.
Na Fianna's music has been played on radio right through-out the world in countries such as: Ireland, UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Australia and the USA.
Feel free to watch Na Fianna in action streaming live through-out the world from Kansas City Irish Fest 2011: http://www.justin.tv/kcif01/b/294261505

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Bio

Na Fianna have been playing together since March 2007 and are continuously building on their reputation as great entertaining balladeers. The lads are all highly skilled musicians and powerful singers too. The energy and passion on display in each performance is something the lads thrive on.

Over the past five years they have travelled and played in many noted venues all over Ireland as they embrace the songs and stories of the past whilst succeeding in making each one their own.

They have toured in the UK, France, Holland,Belgium, Germany and the USA. They are under the management of Darren Farrell and have signed a recording contract with Dolphin Music Group. They have further tours planned of the UK, Germany and the USA in the summer of 2012.

These young men are transcending generational barriers with their unique interpretation of Ireland’s rich heritage through storytelling and song.

The Band comprises of Ross Hennessy, Lee Campion, John Walsh & Damian Walsh.
In 2009, Na Fianna entered the All Ireland Talent Show to rapturous applause. With an average viewing audience of 1,000,000 people and four live performances on National Television, Na Fianna finished in 2nd Place out of over 6,000 competitors.

This catapulted them onto both a national and international platform, further increasing their ambition for continued achievement.

Na Fianna are honest, hard-working and modest in their success to date.
They still continue their long residency in Paris Texas Kilkenny every Thursday night.
The Ballads are alive and well with Na Fianna. The energy and enthusiasm shown on stage, mixed with the skilled musicianship, captivating vocals and haunting harmonies in a must see for all music fans!

Na Fianna stay true to themselves and their heritage. Loyalty to tradition and each other is their forte and this ethos combined with their exceptional capacity to entertain is the cause for their continuing musical success.

“Truth in our hearts, strength in our hands, and fulfilment in our tongues” - Na Fianna.