On Saturday 5th March 2016, Black Bank Folk celebrated the release of their first album with a very special sold out show at Liberty Hall. On this evening of original music inspired by the men, women and events of 1916, the audience were treated to an incredible live music experience. John Colbert and James Sheeran were joined onstage by some of Ireland’s most respected musicians, Éamonn de Barra, John McLoughlin, Sean McKeown, Mark Colbert, Dermot O’Hanlon. Jem Mitchell and Grace O’Malley also featured on vocals, with some spoken word by the inspiring Dublin poet Stephen James Smith.
The show was an incredible opportunity to delve into some of the unvisited stories of one of Irish history’s most celebrated and debated events in a unique atmosphere, and the band left the stage to a standing ovation from the audience.
The band are James Sheeran, John and Mark Colbert, (stalwarts of the Irish music scene having played and toured with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Paddy Casey and Jerry Fish), traditional multi-instrumentalists Sean McKeon (2005 TG4 young musician of the year) and Sharon Hussey (winner of the Golden Fiddle awards, Melbourne 2010). The music brings together Indie and Folk with strands of traditional and Americana, and blends the ancient with the innovative.
The story of their second album began in the winter of 2017 when we took ourselves off to a house on the Wexford coast and returned with the bones of seven songs including, Black Dog, Tide, Come to Me and Little Bird. In May we went back into Orphan Studios with Gavin Glass and Scott Halliday and began the recording process. We poured ourselves into the sessions and Gav steered it home. What we ended up with is Last Star Fall, we are hugely proud of this album and excited for you to listen to it. So go on..