FROM SWEENEYS BAR ON DAME STREET
PRESENTED BY JOANNA NELSON
Formed in May 2010, Shadowplay are fast becoming recognised as one of Ireland's most creative and accomplished bands. The band members, from Donegal, Ardee and Dublin, are all recent music graduates from around the country who came together in their final year at NUI Maynooth.
Having established themselves as a stunning live band, they have recently introduced their audiences to their own distinctive brand of melodic rock, blending creative melodies with strong bass lines and progressive harmonies to generate a sound that resists comparisons with popular trends, and finds its roots in the 70s and 80s covers that they deliver so well.
In the past year, Shadowplay have shared the bill with such notable names as Bobby Kimball (TOTO), The Coronas, Altan, Mundy, The Stunning, The Undertones, The Saw Doctors, The Four of Us, Mick Flannery and Royseven and also have played performances on various major radio stations such as Radio Nova, Today FM and Newstalk. A testament to their ability to entertain and enthuse a crowd was their selection by The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show to be taken to Austria as the Ski Trip band for a week, playing to a crowd of 500 for each of 5 nights, varying their sets and playing one evening with The Saw Doctors in Badhofgastein.
The end of the week saw their first mainstream radio appearance playing their first single, Words, live on the Ian Demspey Show. Words, described by Hot Press as 'an acoustic ballad that calls to mind Fleetwood Mac at their mid-70s Rumours-era high point', shot to number eight in the Irish rock charts on its first day of release. A five date ticketed tour with former lead singer of Toto, Bobby Kimball, was completed in July, comprising of a setlist containing Toto tracks and original Shadowplay music.
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