Broth­ers cel­e­brate legacy of Everlys with Sligo show

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By JES­SICA FARRY

KNOWN for their close har­mony singing and steel-string acous­tic gui­tar play­ing, Amer­i­can rock and roll duo the Everly Broth­ers in­flu­enced ev­ery­one form The Bea­tles and Bob Dy­lan to Led Zep­pelin’s Jimmy Page.

Leav­ing an in­deli­ble mark on the mu­sic world, they were in­ducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 2001.

In­spired by this last­ing legacy, broth­ers Zachary and Dy­lan Zmed got to­gether with drum­mer Burleigh Drum­mond in 2016 to launch The Everly Broth­ers Ex­pe­ri­ence show. Since then they have cel­e­brated the piv­otal sounds of The Everlys’ mu­sic, tak­ing it to en­thu­si­as­tic crowds all across the U.S., as well as play­ing ex­ten­sively in Europe.

Back on the road in late 2018, on this run, the broth­ers will be pay­ing a visit to the Hawk’s Well theatre, for a night of rock n roll, rock­a­billy, and blue­grass coun­try.

This will be their first

Ir­ish tour, and they are look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing.


Zmed told


Sligo Cham­pion: “We have not been to Ire­land be­fore but we are so look­ing for­ward to it. It’s one of the most beau­ti­ful coun­tries in the world and we can’t wait to see it for real in­stead of just look­ing at pic­tures.

“Get­ting to play in Ire­land is sort of a right of pas­sage in our eyes. Not only do some of my brother and my fam­ily blood­lines trace back to Ire­land, The Everly Broth­ers fam­ily roots are of Ir­ish and Bri­tish de­scent too.. along with a great deal of the old Ap­palachian folk and coun­try mu­sic of early Amer­ica. Ir­ish, French, and Bri­tish bal­lads and melodies trav­elled west with the set­tlers that came to Amer­ica singing them, and there­fore are wo­ven into the ta­pes­try that is Ap­palachian and Ca­jun mu­sic. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to mar­i­nat­ing in the cul­ture and we are look­ing for­ward to bring­ing some of these songs and melodies back to where they orig­i­nated from.”

The project started in early 2016 and af­ter over two years of suc­cess­ful shows, the group have es­tab­lished them­selves well in the US, play­ing in ev­ery state. Now they want to ex­pand their project.

“It’s a his­tory show re­ally. Our goal is not to be im­per­son­ators for the Everly Broth­ers, we feel that’s not t the right way to go about it, but we want to cel­e­brate their brother­hood and this is a ves­sel to cel­e­brate what’s unique to us. There’s so much his­tory there be­hind the Everly Broth­ers,” added Dy­lan.

As broth­ers, you might think that Zach and Dy­lan may find it dif­fi­cult from time to time, but Dy­lan says the pair try their best to get along.

“Work­ing to­gether is an ab­so­lute bless­ing. We make our best ef­forts to see that ev­ery­day. It would be easy to make it tough but re­ally it is won­der­ful. We are learn­ing so much about be­ing bet­ter.”

Their fas­ci­na­tion with the Everly Broth­ers isn’t ran­dom. The broth­ers were brought up on their mu­sic. Their fa­ther, Adrian, is an ac­tor, singer and dancer.

“Dad was on Broad­way and he was in Grease. The sound­track was all mu­sic of the 1950s. That was the first mu­sic we heard and that re­ally lit the fire for us.

“We would al­ways play shows as a duo and would throw in Everly Broth­ers’ mu­sic and peo­ple would be like ‘wow what was that song’. It was crazy to us that peo­ple had no idea who the Everly Broth­ers were.

“So we started re­search


them and the peo­ple they in­spired like The Bea­tles, Bob Dy­lan and more. They should be just as well known as some of those guys,” added Dy­lan. They won’t stop at just the Everly Broth­ers, though.

The Zmed broth­ers are hop­ing that they can con­tinue to delve into the lives of var­i­ous mu­si­cal broth­ers to tell their sto­ries in a way that cel­e­brates their con­tri­bu­tion to the world of mu­sic.

“The Everlys are just the tip of the ice­berg for us. There are so many brother duos that were just bril­liant so we’re look­ing into do­ing a show that cel­e­brates that.”

Backed by a full five-piece band, and fea­tur­ing all the hits in­clud­ing the wist­ful ‘All I Have To Do is Dream’, the toe-tap­ping ‘Wake Up Lit­tle Suzie’, and the ever­green ‘Bye Bye Love’, the Everly Broth­ers Ex­pe­ri­ence cel­e­brates the in­ti­mate ori­gins of Amer­i­can’s great­est and most iconic duos.

A night not to be missed at the Hawk’s Well theatre, book now, or find your­self Cryin’ In The Rain!

The Everly Broth­ers Ex­pe­ri­ence comes to the Hawk’s Well on Satur­day 17 th Novem­ber at 8pm. Tick­ets €20/18 conc/10u18s (+ €1 ren­o­va­tion fee). To book, visit www.hawk­ or call 0719161518.

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