Had a great time on Monday creating some new images with one of Irelands most talked about bands, Acoustra. And i am excited about our next shoot together, Dylan and myself have been talking about a few ideas that i can't wait to create.
Acoustra are a four-piece trad/folk/rock band from Limerick who have been writing and performing original material for ten years. Comprising of band members: Dylan ‘Bulitt’ Shine; Vocals, bass & acoustic guitar, Liam ‘Major’ McCarty; Vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin & banjo, Pat ‘Dats’ Wright; Vocals & accordion, and Brian ‘Stick’ Bermingham on Drums & Percussion.
They have a new EP out on March 11th 2011 - ‘The way it used to be’ – which tells of the current hardship we all face at the moment and the turmoil the government has the country in. The initial impetus for Acoustra came about in 2001 (for the craic) and the four-piece have never looked back since. They have a wide repertoire and a vast variety of songs ranging from original and covers, which they are known to play at gigs to rock the boat somewhat, but their utter passion resides in original song and tune writing of Trad fused with deep rooted folk rock.
The band have performed worldwide and will continue in 2011 to fill up their touring schedules around Ireland, The Uk and Europe. (Full list of tour dates announced soon). They will also continue with their charity work with The Irish Society of Azerbaijan (where they have raised over half a million Euro for orphaned children) when they make their annual visit.
Their previous release was Single ‘Aynu (the tiny dancer)’, which was written in an orphanage in Baku (the capital of Azerbaijan). One of their continuing goals is to raise more money for these unfortunate children. The Irish Society of Azerbaijan & Acoustra have been recognised by President Mary McAleese for their extraordinary work in the country. The release of ‘Aynu’ opened a lot of new doors to travel for Acoustra, so it was nearly two years before they were able to complete their debut EP. This is an exciting time for the Trad/Folk/Rock scene in Ireland, as its about to be shook up Acoustra style!
Official Band statement: "We wrote The Way It Used to be, as we’ve seen what the government has done to the country. They spoonfed us and squandered our economies cash, so who are we to ask the people of Ireland to dig deeper into their pockets at such a trying time. We thought to opt to give this EP away for Free- All we ask is that you download a tune & pass the link on! Or follow us http://twitter.com/Acoustra, see you all at a gig in the future!"
Links to band sites: http://www.facebook.com/Acoustra http://www.youtube.com/user/acoustra http://vimeo.com/acoustra http://twitter.com/Acoustra http://www.acoustramusic.com/ http://soundcloud.com/acoustra ( you can download our current single there for free)
For more information, images or to arrange an interview with Acoustra please contact: Linda Coogan Byrne firstname.lastname@example.org / 085-1659065