“Islander Presents” series launched with announcement of Ye Vagabonds’ Tour of the Islands July – August 2018
Islander music company has released the first of four announcements in the ‘Islander Presents’ series – an ambitious touring circuit for four of Ireland’s most exciting traditional and folk acts.
Coming up in July and August, folk/trad duo Ye Vagabonds are set to embark on a tour of some of Ireland’s most picturesque islands. Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn will perform to those who inhabit our most sparse and barren sods of earth off in the Atlantic, and fill them with tunes and tales, young and old, on summer evenings. The band will be joined by renowned music filmmaker Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns/This Ain’t No Disco), who will document the tour.
For the past two years, Ye Vagabonds have been collecting songs from around Ireland, many of them originating from the islands scattered around the coast. Now, they bring these songs back to the islands themselves.
(Song Long Forgotten :: Ye Vagabonds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFtw77vZSMw)
This carefully selected collection will be released in a new album later this year, breathing life into songs long forgotten and shelved, and bringing a new slant into those performed for decades and centuries. This is a unique tour by one of Ireland’s most exciting groups at their creative prime.
Tour dates include: Sherkin House, Sherkin Island July 7th; Clare Island Community Centre, Clare Island July 13th; Halla Naomh Eoin, Inis Meáin July 25th; Swell Festival, Aranmore July 29th; Club Cléire, Cape Clear Island August 3rd; Áras Éanna Theatre, Inis Oirr August 10th; and Halla Rónán, Inis Mór August 11th.
(Half Blind :: Ye Vagabonds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mVGq5nlrIM)
Keep an eye on www.islandermusic.net over the coming weeks for more announcements in the ‘Islander Presents’ series.
Ye Vagabonds’ Tour of the Islands is supported generously by the Arts Council of Ireland.
July 7th – Sherkin House, Sherkin Island
July 13th – Clare Island Community Centre, Clare Island
July 25th – Halla Naomh Eoin, Inis Meáin
July 29th – Swell Festival, Aranmore
August 3rd – Club Cléire, Cape Clear Island
August 10th – Áras Éanna Theatre, Inis Oirr
August 11th – Halla Rónán, Inis Mór
Islander is a music company based in Ireland, set up by Jonathan Pearson in 2017. It is a company that works with artists, projects and events in ambitious, forward-thinking ways.
Islander was set up to represent a modern music company – a small but ambitious vessel from which to launch artistic projects of many kinds throughout Ireland and abroad, as well as being a welcoming space to grow the careers of artists. Islander works with Ye Vagabonds, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, This is How we Fly, Amiina, Seán Mac Erlaine and many others.
As a producer, Islander works with independent companies and artists to create new cultural happenings that enrich the artistic fabric of Irish life, and to grow Irish talents worldwide. As a management company, Islander works with each artist in different ways that suit both parties. It is a full service management house, as well as a consultancy and sometimes simply a soundboard for those seeking guidance. The artists here have their own labels, agencies and organisations that they are a part of, and Islander is there to assist them with all of that.
This year Islander will produce 4 tours in the ‘Islander Presents’ series, a documentary with filmmaker Myles O’Reilly and a new Autumn festival in Cork city.
ABOUT YE VAGABONDS
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.
In 2014 they came to the attention of Arbutus Yarns’ music filmmaker Myles O’Reilly, whose videos gained international attention for the brothers for the first time.
After a chance meeting at Electric Picnic in September 2015, the brothers performed onstage with Glen Hansard, who invited them to open for him on his European tour the following October.
Their debut EP Rose & Briar was released on October 7th 2015.
Since then, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan (whose band they played in for her Irish tour, June 2016). They have also played sold out headline shows in Ireland, Paris, Geneva, and Solothurn, Switzerland.
They have made numerous television and live radio appearances in Ireland, and were featured in Ep. II of Myles O’Reilly and Donal Dineen’s music programme This Ain’t No Disco in March 2017. They were also part of ‘Imagining Home’, a live broadcast concert in the National Concert Hall of Ireland, 2016, curated by Glen Hansard, Philip King and Gary Sheehan.
In October 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. “Ye Vagabonds” comprises of harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. It includes ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium.
“What’s remarkable about this collection is the richness of their original repertoire: songs written with a lyrical density and a contradictory melodic lightness of being that render them timeless…” Siobhan Long,The Irish Times
“Ye Vagabonds possess a strong and distinctive musical identity that, while embodying some familiar sensibilities, fair celebrates its own individuality and certainly stands out from the crowd.” David Kidman, FRUK
“‘Ye Vagabonds’ sews together stark, thoughtful and charming lyrics into melodies and musicality that cloaks its audience in seldom heard ethereal bliss.” Golden Plec