Review by Bobby Green
Chillin in the sunshine lends itself to the enjoyment of good music, they go hand in hand, like Gin and Tonic, it’s a magical combination. And while your whiling away the late evenings there’s no better way to enjoy the late warm sunshine then to be listening to the Whileaways.
The Whileaways release the first single from their upcoming third album From What We’re Made on 11th June with the album to follow on 20th July. The single is two sided: the A side is ‘Roll Down Your Window’, a jaunty summer single featuring the band’s trademark interwoven harmonies; and the B side is the more laid-back ‘Spare Me From The Heartache’.
This really is the sound of beautiful summers both past and present. You can hear love and joy in every beat of Roll Down Your Window, it truly is a wonderfully beautiful summer song.
The Whileaways are Noelie McDonnell (vocals, guitar), Noriana Kennedy (vocals, banjo) and Nicola Joyce (vocals, baritone ukulele). The three are accomplished folk musicians in their own right with more than a dozen recordings to their collective credit. They came to know each other’s singing at music sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. The trio first got together in 2012 with a tour and the success of that led to releasing their eponymous debut album in 2013.
Their third album represents a maturation of the band and their creative aesthetic, and they’re looking forward to giving audiences a taste of this at gigs later this year.
See The Whileaways live:
Sat 21 July – Unitarian Church, Dublin
Mon 23 July – Campbell’s Tavern, Galway
Wed 5 Sept – Markree Castle, Sligo
Sat 8 Sept – Harvest Festival, Fota House Cork
Sat 15 Sept – KAM, Kinvara, Co Galway
Sun 16 Sept – Clifden Arts Festival, Galway
Tue 28 Sept – Goresbridge, Kilkenny