Release date 9th October 2020, Ireland
Irish neo-trad four-piece Strings & Things are set to release their new single, “Fuaim Gathering.” This song is the second single of their upcoming album, The Unsolicited Dance.
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.
Banjo player Sean says, “The tunes were inspired by a music festival being organized by some friends of ours that were set to take place in Summer 2017. It was called Fuaim Gathering, and they spent months leading up to it preparing and building. On the morning of the festival, it was cancelled by authorities who cited the “Unsolicited Dance Act,” a bullshit law that regulates outdoor gatherings. To commemorate the festival that never was, I wrote these tunes.”
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).
This Irish trad song combines three tunes into one set. A banjo plays the main melody, accompanied by guitar and whistle. The song begins at a steady, rhythmic pace and gradually builds up to an energetic, fast-paced tempo. – Jo