Review By Bobby Green

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley

I’ve been in love with music since before I was born, it has always been in the family. We have zero musical talent running through our veins but when has talent ever been an obstacle for desire? For 30 years now I’ve been going to gigs / concerts / shows / performances, and as Bob Marley stated, there is no pain when the music hits you, even if that hit transports you far far away.

On Sunday night I had the absolute pleasure of being transported from Whelan’s in Dublin to the very deep south of America by Corks very own One Horse Pony. This wasn’t a slow ride either, this was a pure gasoline induced blues fueled ride powered by some of the best harmonica blowing I’ve ever encountered. When Kevin Morrison started to breathe fire into his harmonica I had to hold on for dear life as this was rocket fuel for the senses.

From the muddy waters of Ireland’s deep south come One Horse Pony, an alt-roots outfit whose DNA can be traced to the swamp lands of Louisiana, smouldering with earthy Cajun tones and raucous intent.

They have already played with and received plaudits from legends like Blind Boys of Alabama (“we thought we were at church!”) and in a short space of time have racked up festival appearances at Electric Picnic, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Indiependence, Kilkenny Roots Festival and more.

But this was in no way a homage to the blues, One Horse Pony are very much an Irish band, their charm and personality shone through on every song, and lead singer Rob Foley‘s wit was as sharp as a razor with his inter song banter. But when he opened his lungs to sing there was over a hundred years of history flooding out into the microphone as their songs filled the room. And I don’t use that expression lightly, One Horse Pony fill a room with their dynamic sound, and the warmth of their obvious love for what they are performing. It’s so refreshing to see a band truly enjoy themselves on stage, but also bring that enjoyment to everyone watching.

I feel like I was one of the lucky ones there on Sunday night, the venue was intimate and I could feel every note they played, the power in their performance filled my body with a history so rich and with such a  wonderfully respected delivery.

Their new single ‘Muddy Waters’ is taken from an EP, Hot One (produced by Gavin Glass) due out later this year. In the meantime, enjoy the sounds of Ireland’s freshest, yet simultaneously dirtiest, no-good, shack-in-the-swamps outfit that go by the name of One Horse Pony.

Live Dates:

May 20 – Whelans, Dublin

May 26 – Coughlan’s, Cork

June 1- Ballyvolane House

June 2 – Cronin’s Crosshaven

June 2 – K Fest Kilorglin

June 3 – Vantastival

June 6 – Crane Lane, Cork

June 8 – Roisin Dubh, Galway

June 9 – Kavangh’s, Portlaoise