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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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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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