Indomitable Irish indie-folk four-piece Raglans have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity since the release of their debut album ‘RAGLANS’ with sell out shows across the continent and touring as support for Haim, The Strypes, The Fray European Tour and The Libertines reunion at Hyde Park.
Hailing from Dublin, Raglans return to the road with dates just announced at Holland’s prestigious Eurosonic Festival. The band will continue the promotion of their record in Australia at the country’s major Soundwave festivals in February before coming back to the UK for their second headline tour in March 2015. The dates coincide with the UK release off their new single ‘Natives’ taken from ‘Raglans’ and recently heard in the motion picture ‘Gold’ starring Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday, The Hobbit). Natives was produced by Kirean Lynch (U2) and Rob Kirwin (Hozier)
Multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist Stephen Kelly jokes about the band’s conception, pinching Rhos Horan (bass, backing vocals) from his old band at a music festival and setting off to the capital to meet Conn O’Ruanaidh (drums, backing vocals) and most recent addition Dan O’Shaughnessy (lead guitar, backing vocals) to begin rehearsing, touring Ireland and putting the name out there. “We recorded a demo of our first song’Down,’ and that was that, we were Raglans.”
The name? “It came from a famous Patrick Kavanagh poem ‘On Raglan Road’. Any school student from Ireland would be able to tell you about that poem, so I guess it stems from being Irish, remembering our roots and how we started out.
Raglans released their self titled album to critical acclaim and it debuted at no.5 in the Irish Album Charts and as an LP, encompasses the grouped vocals of The Lumineers, the multi-instrumentalist efforts of Of Monsters And Men, whilst highlighting the substantial post-punk camaraderie circa The Libertines.