Friday, 17 July 2020, 5.30pm

For Immediate Release. Dublin, Ireland.

Contemporary folk band Strings & Things have released an energetic new single,
“Jigtime.” The single is the first release from their upcoming album The Unsolicited Dance
The song features a fast, energetic beat complete with strumming guitars, intricate
fiddles, and layered string sounds, with singer James O’Meara’s vocals sailing overtop.
“Jigtime” started as a poem by Ethel Mongey, mother of band member Sean, who
approached the band and asked them to put music to the poem. The poem is about the
unconditional love of a mother for her children, and a mother's realization that her kids are
growing up and don't need their parents as much. The thoughtful lyrics are complemented by
the upbeat, hopeful instrumentation, and the song quickly became a regular in Strings &
Things’ live set.
The single, as well as upcoming album, was 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. The band would spend their days arranging and recording their original music
in their home studio, and their nights gigging.
The music was recorded by bass player Eoin Salmon, who is also a sound engineer. It
was mastered by Aidan Cunningham (The Scratch, Overhead the Albatross).
Strings & Things are a four-piece neo-trad band based in Tipperary who melds genres of
rock, folk, pop, and trad to create their unique sound. For the last eight 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.

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Published by Pauline McDermott on 17 July 2020

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