New Band: Black Bank Folk

Photo Credit: Keith Dixon

Black Bank Folk burst onto the Irish music scene in 2016 with their debut album Rising.

They spent 2016 and much of 2017 touring the country including 3 Vicar St appearances supporting Damien Dempsey, and performances at Electric Picnic 2016 and 2017.

The band went back into the studio with Gavin Glass last year to begin recording Last Star Fall, the follow-up to Rising. Recorded at Orphan Studios and featuring a collaboration track with Damien Dempsey, the album shows a musical progression from the bands first outing.

The band is made up of John and Mark Colbert, James Sheeran, and traditional multi-instrumentalists Sean McKeon (2005 TG4 young musician of the year) and Sharon Hussey (winner of the Golden Fiddle awards, Melbourne 2010).

The music brings together indie and folk with strands of traditional and Americana, and blends the ancient with the innovative. James Sheeran explains: “I think a lot of the elements that made the first album work so well have been retained but there just feels like there is a slightly darker, more contemporary edge to this record. Here you see a lot more of our opinions, feelings and ideas coming through. There is no one overarching theme to Last Star Fall but I suppose a lot of it is to do with letting go and saying goodbye but while there are dark moments I really feel the hope radiates through. We’re really happy with it and we’re excited about getting it out there.”

Find out more info at: blackbankfolk.com

And take a listen to the track ‘Last Star Fall’, below…

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