DRN to take the long road to SXSW

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music News - By Lauren Mur­phy

This year has seen a record num­ber of Ir­ish bands in­vited to play the South by South­west fes­ti­val in Texas next month, and for the sixth year run­ning, they’ll have a chance to ply their wares at two “Mu­sic from Ire­land” show­cases on March 17th and 19th.

Al­though their Arts Coun­cil fund­ing has been cut by 41 per cent this year, An­gela Dor­gan of Mu­sic from Ire­land is adamant that the show will go on. “To get in­vited to SXSW at all means that you’re at a cer­tain level,” she said. “It’s the con­tacts and the im­pres­sions that you make out there that will re­flect back on Ire­land, and raise the pro­file of the in­dus­try.”

And So I Watch You From Afar and Dark Room Notes are two of the bands in prime po­si­tion to make waves at SXSW this year. The lat­ter – who signed a world­wide dis­tri­bu­tion deal for their de­but al­bum last year – plan to drive to Texas from Canada in a VW camper van.

“We’ve been try­ing to book as many gigs as pos­si­ble – not easy con­sid­er­ing that there are go­ing to be about 2,000 bands do­ing the same thing,” said DRN gui­tarist Ruairi Ferrie. “But we’ve man­aged to fi­na­gle our way on to a bill here and there.”

Other Ir­ish acts on this year’s SXSW bill in­clude The Lost Broth­ers, Vil­lagers, The Coronas, Halves and Julie Feeney. For more, see www.mu­sicfromire­land.org.

Camper-van fans Dark Room Notes

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