Kingfisher pictured above are releasing their debut single ‘flowers-fire’
Trio Edmond Keogh, Eoghan “McGoo” McGrath & Eoin Fitzgibbon met while studying in UL in 2017
Limerick-based folk band Kingfisher release their debut single in the form of the track ‘flowers-fire’ on Friday, April 29.
Trio Edmond Keogh, Eoghan “McGoo” McGrath & Eoin Fitzgibbon met while studying in UL in 2017. The dissolution of Edmond’s previous band, elm094, gave space for the three to start a new project, Kingfisher.
Being part of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, banjo player McGoo’s skills add a traditional timbre to the groups sound, which helps the band thread the line between familiar and avant-garde. The band’s name comes from a bird which frequents the River Boro in Edmond’s native county of Wexford.
The lads all grew up listening to The Killers and Bruce Springsteen, maturing musically with the likes of Mumford and Sons, We Banjo 3 and Ben Howard. Now, Kingfisher feels it’s time to add their voice to the conversation.
“There’s a storied history to spoken word in Ireland, never mind trad music,” says banjo player Eoghan.
“There’s something of that authentic Celtic vibe that I think people are still hungry for. In some way that’s what we’re trying to get at – while keeping it fresh at the same time.”
The band’s debut single, ‘flowers-fire’, is a sprawling, continuous build, which draws on Edmond’s personal experiences in love, acting as an apotheosis for what could have been.
“I don’t really know what I’m on about most of the time until I look back on what I’ve written down. I try not to think too much about it because I wouldn’t tell anyone these things, I can’t fathom why anyone would want to roar them into a crowd of people, but we’re here now so we might as well run with it,” the lead vocalist admits.
When asked about the single, Eoin remarked, “We’ve been slamming our heads off the wall trying to carve out a sound. I know it’s early days yet, but ‘flowers-fire’ definitely feels like something we can say represents a piece of us in our early twenties.”
A packed crowd at Pharmacia in March supporting Limerick’s own Lost Boys has primed Kingfisher to make waves in the Irish music scene in 2022. The group is certainly not one to sleep on this year.
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