With their genesis on a small Island off the West Coast of Ireland, The Niall McCabe Band have honed a sound that is structured around the conventions of soul music and, in equal parts, reflects the influence of folk and rock traditions on their performance and writing. The sound? They call it transatlantic soul.
A cross genre multi-instrumentalist, Niall, the songwriter and front man, grew up on Clare Island off the coast of County Mayo. The insularity of growing up on an island has had a profound effect on his song writing and thinking in general. He feels that “the physical isolation tends to make you think more outwardly and look for connections with the wider world.”
The rest of the band comprises of Hugh Dillon on electric guitar, Dave Duffy on bass and Davie Ryan on drums. Musically, the band share a very coherent outlook having played together in various groups over the last five years including Jazz quartets and Big-Band Soul outfits.
Steadfast in developing a solid style that displays the musical skills of each member, the band are motivated by the simplicity of playing ‘for the song’.
They recently released their first single from their forthcoming album “Rivers Only Run One Way.” The single is a result of a carefully crafted, uplifting, live experience the band have successfully captured whilst recording their album “The Village Hall”, due out November 2017. Surrounded by second hand items and vintage furniture, this transatlantic soul band entered the historic 18th century building on the quays of the Lee, Cork City, in November 2016, to embark on a unique undertaking: recording a full studio album in just two nights in front of a live audience. Coupled with this, the band filmed the whole experience, and will release the album as a series of live videos.
Hear some of this brand new music at Connolly’s on Sunday 2nd July.