By Róisín Delaney
Limerick’s music haven, Dolan’s Pub, filled out for Birdthistle’s ‘Let It All Go Home’ Single Launch on Friday, May 27. The upstairs venue hosted a crowd of friends and fans of the Limerick indie/folk group. Also in attendance were Vertigo Smyth and Campaign LK who built up the buzzing atmosphere before Birdthistle came to the stage.
The five-piece band, consisting of two sets of long-time friends and one pair of brothers have had a blast of support from all parts of the globe, with recent boosts in social networking sites and achieving a well deserved place on RTÉ Radio One’s playlist. After positive comments from Hot Press in which Alan Owens described Birdthistle as ‘reminiscent of The Waterboys at the height of their powers’, their fan base has been ever-growing.
The build up to Friday night gave the band the impression that the “pressure was on,” but air play on the John Creedon Show, Spin South West and an interview with Tipp FM DJ Eoin Lonergan during the previous week gave the band extra cause for excitement leading up to the Friday night gig.
The crowd cheered at the entrance of the band and the excitement amongst both the audience and the group was visible and audible. The music video, shot in Bunratty Folk Park Co. Clare, the ideal location for the video of ‘Let It All Go Home’ and the crowd seemed pleased at the local factor.
Once the video came to an end, the ecstatic five dashed to the stage and the gig went off without a hitch on the band’s part. At the beginning of every song, a different crowd member could be heard saying ‘This is the one I love’. The debut single, ‘Let It All Go Home’ was played with huge enthusiasm and well-received by an audience with a notable wide age demographic.
To the surprise and delight of the audience, lead singer Eoin decided to shake things up and pay tribute to The Rubberbandits and their debut single ‘Horse Outside’, giving way to impressive dance moves on the dance floor.
The gig ended on a high note with the song ‘Winding the Clock’ and a massive roar from the crowd. This was only the start of their single launch, as they prepare for a London gig on Kilburn Road this weekend. They haven’t turned into divas just yet however as they won’t be experiencing the luxuries of London this weekend: “They didn’t even have our bed’s made".
The single, ‘Let it all go Home’ is available for download on Amazon and iTunes.
For information on upcoming Birdthistle gigs, visit their Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/birdthistle