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Spotify streams hit 2m for local band Greywind

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SUCCESS: Local band Greywind made up of Paul and Steph O'Sullivan from Ballydribbeen have had almost 2m streams on Spotify.

 

This week Editor of the Killarney Advertiser Michelle Crean is 'In Conversation' with local band Greywind who are taking the world by storm with their unique style of music.

Despite only being in the music scene for four years, the brother sister duo from Ballydribbeen have not only played at some of the world's leading festivals with big names on the music scene - but this week their album 'Afterthought' reached 2m streams on global music platform Spotify.

It has been an amazing musical journey for siblings Paul (26) and Steph O'Sullivan (24) who accidently got some of the world's biggest music labels interested in their pop/rock/indie style music.

With just 41 live concerts under their belt, they say that it's amazing that their music has hit 2m streams on the popular music channel - and that doesn't include the likes of YouTube, Apple Music or other platforms.

Their sound has similar tones of American rock band Evanescence but is also described by many as indie and pop rock. And since their rise to fame they even have music fans travel to concerts from all over the world.

According to Paul, some fans, including one in spotted in Killarney this week, even have a tattoo of the band's logo.

"It's amazing and we still feel that we still haven't even fully started yet. We've only ever played 41 live concerts in our entire lives and luckily those shows were some of the biggest festivals around the world."

THE BEGINNING

From a young age Paul and Steph had dreams of forming a band and hitting the big time. Never in their wildest dreams did they think that recording one song, also entitled 'Afterthought', four years ago that it would happen almost immediately.

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"Me and Steph always wanted to start a band and decided to travel to Belfast to a recording studio to go to a producer who could work with our sound," Paul, who went to The Sem, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We recorded our first ever single 'Afterthought' and decided to post it online. Almost immediately Universal Records, Sony, Emeli Sandé's management and Warner Brothers were all asking who our record label was. First we thought it was a joke as it was a rough recording we put online. We had all that interest which was crazy!"

Then, one year to the day of posting the single online, they were flown to Texas to record their debut album.

"Usually to get signed or get that interest you have to have a massive following and we did it with no connections to the music industry."

GROWING

They then did a UK tour and played in the Leeds and Reading Festivals. Their first debut headline show was in St Pancras Church in London which sold out, then it was onto the Rock Am Ring Music Festival which Paul described as "the Glastonbury of Germany".

"Growing up MTV would have highlights of that festival and it was on both our bucket list to do before we die! Liam Gallagher played there too."

They then played the Download Festival with acts like Aerosmith, and last year it was onto the Isle of Wright where Noel Gallagher played, and then Greywind played the INEC with The Coronas last December.

And although COVID hit this year, he says it didn't interfere with their work as they had planned to spend time writing and recording in the studio. They've also been holding live online gigs and took over the HotPress page online last week. Now, they're almost ready to release new material but he's slow to reveal any details just yet.

All he will say is that they have recorded with a big named producer.

"We recorded with producer Romesh Dodangodajust before lockdown when he was just back from the Grammys. We will be releasing new music this coming autumn."

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Lee Strand awarded Gold in Sustainability Programme

Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards. Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink […]

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Lee Strand was recognised once again for their exceptional performance and commitment to sustainability with Gold Membership at the Origin Green 2022 awards.

Origin Green is Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme led by Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Gold Membership is awarded to companies who demonstrate an exceptional annual performance on their sustainability targets.

“We are delighted Lee Strand is recognised once again with the prestigious Origin Green Gold Membership for our commitment to sustainability,” Gearoid Linnane, CEO said.

“In Lee Strand environmental management and sustainability are key elements of our business model, from launching 100% renewable cartons, to reducing water usage and energy efficiency. This is a great achievement by our sustainability team who are continually striving for higher levels of environmental excellence. We would also like to thank Veronica Kennelly from the Munster Technological University who assisted Lee Strand in the development of our Origin Green plan.”

Origin Green continues to evolve to ensure Bord Bia is helping Irish food and drink companies to remain up to date with the evolving needs of trade customers and their consumers, globally. With the introduction of the Origin Green credits system in early 2022, it is now easier to identify members who are performing at a high level or excelling in their sustainability performance.

To retain ongoing membership of Origin Green, companies must subsequently submit an annual review to demonstrate clear progress against the established targets and initiatives set. This annual review is subject to an independent third-party review by their verification authority Mabbett. This ensures minimum programme requirements are consistently met and maintained. Companies receive credits for their performance in areas such as raw material sourcing; water and energy efficiency; waste reduction; packaging; and social sustainability. Origin Green has established five different membership tiers based on company size and turnover, so that a real diversity of industry is reflected in the overall Gold Membership.

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Shock at the death of “wonderful community activist”

There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known. Yvonne, from […]

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There was a great sense of shock over the weekend when new of the death of Yvonne Quill, a Tidy Towns champion and wonderful community activist, became known.

Yvonne, from Barleymount and formerly of the Cafe, College Street, passed away following a short illness on Friday. Requiem Mass takes place this morning (Monday) at 11am in The Prince of Peace Church, Fossa, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President Niall Kelleher said she will be very fondly remembered as an incredibly dedicated woman, a strong personality who led by example and spearheaded the town’s Tidy Towns committee with such passion for over 25 years.

He recalled that her proudest day was when, as chairperson of the Killarney Looking Good Committee, she inspired Killarney to the prestigious overall national award in 2011 which had proved so elusive prior to that.

“Yvonne led by example and she never asked anyone to do something she wouldn’t do herself. You would seldom see her without the yellow bib, playing her part and showing us all what needed to be done to give Killarney the edge,” Mr Kelleher said.

“While winning the overall prize was something special, Killarney has never been far from the top and it has won a gold medal almost every year which is testament to Yvonne’s great ability to organise, her steely determination and her unrivalled ability to rally the troops,” he added.

The Chamber President also remembered her as a great businesswoman, a master baker and confectioner whose café on College Street was a must-visit for a whole generation of Killarney people and visitors.

“Yvonne Quill has left a great legacy in her home town. We thank her for what she has done, we’ll remember her incredible work ethic and we’ll ensure her name will live on in Killarney by continuing the commitment to the Tidy Towns initiative.”

Johnny McGuire, a member of the executive of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, who worked alongside Yvonne at the helm of the Tidy Towns committee, said she was a born leader who inspired the whole community and always led by example.

“Killarney would never have won the All-Ireland Tidy Towns award without her. She was the inspirational captain of the winning team. Yvonne worked night and day and, when it came to Tidy Towns, there was no downtime for her,” Mr McGuire said.

“Her commitment to the cause brought her into every school and every housing estate in Killarney. Working closely with the late Fr Michael Murphy, her great friend, Kathleen Foley, and others, they really put Killarney in contention for the top awards every year. The name Yvonne Quill was known and respected in Tidy Towns circles throughout the entire country – she really was a legend and everything she turned her hand to,
she succeeded. Killarney will miss her,” he added.

She will be deeply missed by her husband John, children Peter, Sandra and Sean, her son-in-law Peter, daughter-in-law Mairéad, grandchildren Anna, Jake, Ted, Abby and Luke, sister Angela Mulvey, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and extended family, friends, neighbours and the community.

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