Whelan’s gig opens hectic year for Mayo’s Billow Wood

Posted in Connect on January 28, 2019.

Mayo talent made a big noise in the iconic Dublin music venue, Whelan’s on Wicklow Street, last Wednesday night where Ballina group Billow Wood and Claremorris’ Murphy Sisters topped the bill for a night of live, original music. The gig attracted a huge crowd that featured plenty of home support.

For Billow Wood it marked the latest highlight in their steady rise on the music scene of late. Speaking to the Western People last Thursday, band member, Mark O’Donnell, said the group’s decision to rebrand just over a year ago has given fresh impetus to their work. Mark and fellow band members, Brid O’Donnell, Harry Lawlor and Ciara O’Donnell, started out playing music as youngsters in the renowned local Bofield Céilí Band before forming under the original name of Flat Out. Mark said re-branding as Billow Wood has helped the group evolve from a pub/covers band to focus more on recording and performing their own music.

The launch of Billow Wood was swiftly followed by the band’s EP release at a sold-out headline gig in Whelan’s in October 2017 and, thereafter, a tour that took in some of Ireland’s most iconic venues. Since then Billow Wood has crossed the Atlantic a couple of times and has also performed at a festival in France while continuing to gig around Ireland and write original music. Mark revealed that their most recent trip to the US saw them undertake a headline tour that included performing at a showcase for American festival bookers which could lead to lots more trips Stateside but the next immediate stop is Germany for a tour this March and after that they plan to return to the studio to record some more original songs ahead of the busy summer season.

Western People 28th January 2019

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