Black Bank Folk debut album “Rising” out now.
Black Bank Folk are a compelling new addition to the Irish music scene. On the face of it they are a brand new act but in reality their 2016 emergence has been several years in the making.The band’s debut album “Rising”, which launched in Liberty Hall on 5th March , sprang out of founding members John Colbert and James Sheeran’s musical upbringings and the former’s interest in investigating his great uncle Con Colbert’s role as a leader in 1916.
The album delves into the human stories of the revolution. It explores themes of suppression, love, bravery, disillusionment and the realisations of shifting realities for all those affected by the fight. It allows us consider historical figures as everyday people, whether they be Irish leaders, British soldiers, revolutionary women or children in a time of war. Aided by a powerful performance from Damien Dempsey on a song he co-wrote for the album and guest vocals from Paddy Casey, Grace O’Malley and Jem Mitchell the record promises much, there is something here for all.