Our ‘Artist of the Week’ series kicks off with folk-rock’s finest, The Quakers.
The Quakers are a five-piece band of merry multi-instrumentalists from Sligo’s Wild-West: Sean Wynne (Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin), Brian Martin (Drums, Vocals), Gavin McGuire (Guitar, Mandolin), Alan Mc Donagh (Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, and Fergal Gallagher (Bass, Double Bass, Violin, Vocals) – now that’s a talented bunch!
The Yeats County boys, who say they “enjoy nothing more than warm cups of tea and pints of Guinness”, hooked up in 2012, hoping to put their own spin on the all-too ubiquitous folk-rock genre. As men who stay true to their word, they took things in an inspired new direction – with entrancing stage presence, evocative lyrics, and envy-inducing musicality.
The lads cite their musical influences as: Mumford & Sons, The Pogues, and The Kings of Leon. No doubt Marcus Mumford, Shane McGowan, and Caleb Followill would be massive fans of Sean Wynne and Co.
Since first collaborating just three years ago, the ‘Refugee’ writers have had the pleasure of sharing stages with the likes of: Royseven, Kila, Ryan Sheridan, and Mundy, as well as playing to huge crowds at Lakefest and Youbloom Music Festival.
These days, recording, penning, jamming and creating are the flavours of the month, as they are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to the acclaimed debut E.P, ‘In the Shade of a Honey Tree’
Check out their foot tapping, banjo slapping, no rapping track ‘Refugee’ below. For more information click onto The Quakers on Facebook!