ATHENRY TRIO The Deans, featuring the phenomenally talented guitarist Gavin Dean, play Monroe’s Live on Friday September 17.
The Deans began life as a full on, hard rocking, blues band, but extensive touring across Europe over the last 18 months, including a slot at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, encouraged them to broaden their sound.
“The blues scene on the continent can be stifling and you could just get stuck on that circuit,” Gavin told me earlier this year. “We love the blues and it is my favourite kind of music but we want to take that and from there make our own music.”
Refusing to allow themselves become boxed into any corner musically, and determined to create a sound that is uniquely their own, has resulted in a new and very different sound for The Deans.
“Our sound has changed, it’s more diverse,” said bassist Gavin Dean. “Some parts of the show are acoustic, others a cappella, and then we go crazy with some psychedelic jams.”
Gary Dean: “We listen to Muddy Waters but then we want to find out the roots of Muddy Waters and that leads us to folk-blues and country. We listen to doo wop, Dean Martin, Bob Marley, and The Band are a huge inspiration.”
Right now The Deans like to be called ‘roots rock’. Their new sound and exciting, precocious, talents, will be on display in Monroe’s next week. Don’t miss them. The show is part of the Galway-Americana Festival.
Tickets are available from Monroe’s and Zhivago Records. For more information contact Monroe’s on 091 - 583397 or 087 - 9783245. See also www.galwayamericanafestival.com