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Featuring the creative force that is Belfast-born Gareth McGahan, The Mountain Firework Company made their first big impact in 2008, following the release of their debut album, when now legendary around-a-single-mic ‘live’ footage of the band attracted big online audiences.
Compared to everyone from The Waterboys and Dire Straits to Richard Thomson, their second album, Samurai kept the momentum going and very soon they were playing sell-out shows far beyond their home base of Brighton.
It was a show-stopping set at Glastonbury that finally established the five-piece as a force to be reckoned with and by the time the latest album, The Lonesome Losing Blues, was delivered, they were winning widespread praise on both sides of the Atlantic.
Q magazine said: “Irish folk may have informed Americana but few explore the link as well as The Mountain Firework Company.” A review in Maverick magazine advised: “Find this album as soon as possible and discover your next favourite band,” while R2 magazine said it was “contemporary British Folkgrass, the ace in the hole being the bruised vocal imprint of Gareth McGahan. Excellent!“
Laconic frontman McGahan’s singularly fine song-writing, no-nonsense accented singing, finger-style guitar and banjo playing lie at the core of the performance. It’s a guitars, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, double bass and nicely-nestled drums ‘n’ brushes set-up with a big heart and a pulse as strong as any.
The band has a huge fan base in Scotland where they play sell-out shows every time the make the trip north of the Border and they kick off 2014 in style sharing the stage with Imelda May at Glasgow’s 1000-capacity Old Fruitmarket during the city’s big Celtic Connections Festival. In February they visit USA by invitation to take part in the Folk Alliance International event in Kansas City , and expect to see them at various UK festivals throughout the year.
Sometimes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmtsPqHXVyE (Preview)
Rolling River - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyo_CEwdChk (Preview)
Love Is A Rose - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWQ_cD5utTY (Preview)
“Delightful” – Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3
“Rich, bristling bluegrass melodies and instrumentation
with a bruised modern heart” – Time Out