THE RYE

THE RYE

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West of Ireland four-piece, The Rye present one of the freshest and most exciting approaches to Irish Music heard in recent times: “…A stew of expert traditional playing and turn-on-a-dime chops rarely seen outside a lower Manhattan jazz club� (in NYC’s Irish Voice).

Biography

The Rye are an extraordinary four-piece from the West Coast of Ireland. They present one of the freshest and most exciting approaches to Irish Music heard in recent times. Mike Farragher of NYC's Irish Voice puts it thus: "The Rye play, in their words, 'savage driven ceoil.' They throw together modern rock melodies into a stew of expert traditional playing, turn-on-a-dime chops rarely seen outside a lower Manhattan jazz club, and an irreverence that ties the whole package together in a rowdy, exuberant bow!"

A gig with The Rye is high-spirited, full-blown entertainment. "Not only does the band have that really fantastic ability to make even a stone statue tap its feet, they also have this amazing stage energy and presence that makes it difficult to turn away once they start performing: this band has talent dripping from their ears. They are each fantastic at what they do, and most importantly, they seem to enjoy that fact!" writes John O'Hara in The Galway Music Scene Review.

The band's line-up features Kevin Melly (vocals, acoustic guitar), Cian Mulligan (banjo, electric guitar), Barry Wallace (bass, banjo) and Dessie Harrington (drums). Some highlights of The Rye s busy gigging schedule-over one hundred each year-include The Life Festival, support slots to Mary Coughlan, Delorentos, The Pale, two Tours of Germany, including an open air gig for the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Munich with an audience of some fifteen thousand, a radio appearance on the Tommy Tiernan & Hector show live from the Kilkenny CatLaughs festival, the Ballyshannon Folk Festival, NCAD's Oxjam and Christmas Ball, and headline act at The Salty Dog stage fri and sun Electric Picnic 09

Galway Bay FM has described The Rye as "the liveliest band to come out of the West of Ireland since the Saw Doctors."

"Come rain, hail or snow The Rye will put on a great performance, and it was obvious to see that they enjoyed playing as much as their audience loved listening and dancing to it" writes Breifne O'Rourke of the Cruinniu na mBad Festival in Kinvara.

Their weekly appearances at The Cellar Bar in Galway were praised as "one of the most exciting residencies in Galway!" (Jimi McDonnell in Tribune Life)

"No one embodies the spirit of Jerry Garcia quite like the Rye, my new favorite band. They are on this disc with 'Big Dip,' a fiery instrumental jam that pits frantic fiddling against a stomping beat and wicked acoustic licks." (Mike Farragher in Celtic Pulse)

Lyrics

BANANA SONG

Written By: KEVIN MELLY

Oh he couldn't be held for the love or the time, the cries nor the beer, nor the place of the crime, and he couldn't be held for the love of the tare and he wouldn't be held no more.

He couldn't be heard for thought of a prayer, the cold of a pint compared to the cell. He couldn't be held for the love of the fare and he wouldn't be held no more.

How manies the drunken man will rue the merry day.
Here's for all the drinkers in the island.
Lost are all the merry souls upon their merry graves.
How many is the man will rue the merry day.

He drank a good drop in memonagles bar, the place of a pint where the pauper was born, he drank good drop and he shouted for more, a wonder he'll not abscond.

Nah with a glare in his eyes he did loosely decide, and grasping what change was left down by his side, he goes is there an ould bank in this town or even a shop at all.

How manies the drunken man will rue the merry day
Here's for all the drinkers in the island.
Lost are all the merry souls upon their merry graves
How many is the man will rue the merry day

Damn the boy that'll catch me I'm the cutest man alive, oh devil the bit of a trace I left behind.
I gained me fruits and ate the proof but ended back inside, when you're finished that you'll kindly come with me.

Oh he couldn't be held for the love or the time, the cries nor the beer, nor the place of the crime, and he couldn't be held for the love of the tare and he wouldn't be held no more.

He couldn't be heard for thought of a prayer, the cold of a pint compared to the cell. He couldn't be held for the love of the fare and he wouldn't be held no more.

How manies the drunken man will rue the merry day
Here's for all the drinkers in the island.
Lost are all the merry souls upon their merry graves
How many is the man will rue the merry day

Discography

The Rye- The Rye 2007.
Received airplay on 2FM, RnaG, Today FM, Galway Bay FM, Raidio Idirlion, Radio na Liffey, Shannonside Northern Sound and on numerous internet radio stations, including CelticLounge.com, McSorley's Pub Radio, Paddy Rock Radio. House Band on Iradio.

The Rye's song The Big Dip is featured on Sean agus Nua, a compilation CD celebrating multiculturalism in the West of Ireland, 2007.
Dance with You will be featured on The Fatea Showcase Sessions from November to January 2008/09.

Set List

The Rye's set can range from 45 min to 1 hr 45min. While mainly original, the set features a strong Irish music component. Included are a number of traditional songs, tunes and covers, made to stand out through their idiosyncratic arrangements in true Rye Style.

The Dutch Girl (comp/arr The Rye)
Away (comp/arr The Rye)
Fishin' (comp/arr The Rye)
Na mBaneeni (comp/arr The Rye)
Arkle Mountain (trad/arr The Rye; in audio section)
Banana Song (comp/arr The Rye; in audio section)
Folsom Prison Blues (comp Johnny Cash/arr The Rye
Little Maggie (trad/arr The Rye)
There is a Moth at Your Window (comp/arr The Rye)
The Big Dip (comp/arr The Rye; in audio section)
Polcat Blues (trad/arr The Rye)
Barry Wallace's Hornpipe (comp/arr The Rye)
Square Peig (arr The Rye, listen at www.myspace.com/theryeband)
Hotel Yorba (comp White Stripes/arr The Rye)
Syko and the Beast (comp/arr The Rye)
Lord Howsagoin (comp/arr The Rye)
An Ould Song (comp/arr The Rye)
The Blue Hour (comp/arr The