Strings & Things – Fuaim Gathering
Irish neo-trad four-piece Strings & Things are set to release a new single, ‘Fuaim Gathering’ on October 9th. It is the second single off of their upcoming album, ‘The Unsolicited Dance’.
The set of tunes features excellent musicianship from the young trad performers. In Irish trad, it’s common to combine two or three different tunes together into one arrangement or set.
The first tune in the set is calm, dark and steady. The second tune is an explosion of energy, equally as dark, but faster and heavier. Sean says, “The first half is reflective of building up to the festival all summer, building up bit by bit in a forest, building anticipation, all the preparations. The second half is reminiscent of the morning-of cancellation, and the mayhem it left for days after.”
The single, as well as the band’s upcoming album, was written and recorded while the band was on a nine-month residency as a house band at Raglan Road, an Irish entertainment bar in Disney World Orlando, Florida. It was recorded by bass player Eoin Salmon and mastered by Aidan Cunningham.
Based in Tipperary, Strings & Things meld genres of rock, folk, pop, and trad to create their unique sound. For the last three years, they have been entertaining audiences around Ireland, the UK, and the US with energetic live performances, a huge repertoire of traditional music, and thoughtful, innovative original music. The band consists of James O’Meara Ryan (guitar & vocals), Eoin Shelly (percussion & vocals), Sean Mongey (banjo, mandolin, whistle & backing vocals), and Eoin Salmon (bass).
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