The Rye are an extraordinary five-piece from the West Coast of Ireland. They present one of the freshest and most exciting approaches to Irish Music heard in recent times. Mike Farragher of NYC's Irish Voice puts it thus: "The Rye play, in their words, 'savage driven ceoil.' They throw together modern rock melodies into a stew of expert traditional playing, turn-on-a-dime chops rarely seen outside a lower Manhattan jazz club, and an irreverence that ties the whole package together in a rowdy, exuberant bow!"
A gig with The Rye is high-spirited, full-blown entertainment. "Not only does the band have that really fantastic ability to make even a stone statue tap its feet, they also have this amazing stage energy and presence that makes it difficult to turn away once they start performing: this band has talent dripping from their ears. They are each fantastic at what they do, and most importantly, they seem to enjoy that fact!" writes John O'Hara in The Galway Music Scene Review.
The band's line-up features Kevin Melly (vocals, acoustic guitar), Anna Falkenau (fiddle, backing vocals), Alan Walsh (banjo, electric guitar, backing vocals), Barry Wallace (bass, banjo) and Dessie Harington (drums). Some highlights of The Rye s busy gigging schedule-over one hundred each year-include The Life Festival, support slots to Mary Coughlan, Delorentos, The Pale, two Tours of Germany, including an open air gig for the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Munich with an audience of some fifteen thousand, a radio appearance on the Tommy Tiernan & Hector show live from the Kilkenny CatLaughs festival, the Ballyshannon Folk Festival and headline act of NCAD's Oxjam and Christmas Ball.
Galway Bay FM has described The Rye as "the liveliest band to come out of the West of Ireland since the Saw Doctors."
"Come rain, hail or snow The Rye will put on a great performance, and it was obvious to see that they enjoyed playing as much as their audience loved listening and dancing to it" writes Breifne O'Rourke of the Cruinniu na mBad Festival in Kinvara.
Their weekly appearances at The Cellar Bar in Galway were praised as "one of the most exciting residencies in Galway!" (Jimi McDonnell in Tribune Life)
"No one embodies the spirit of Jerry Garcia quite like the Rye, my new favorite band. They are on this disc with 'Big Dip,' a fiery instrumental jam that pits frantic fiddling against a stomping beat and wicked acoustic licks." (Mike Farragher in Celtic Pulse)
Kevin Melly- Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Anna Falkenau- Fiddle, Vocals
Alan Walsh- Electric Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Barry Wallace- Bass, Banjo
Dessie Harington- Drums
The Rye- The Rye 2007.
Received airplay on 2FM, RnaG, Today FM, Galway Bay FM, Raidio Idirlion, Radio na Liffey, Shannonside Northern Sound and on numerous internet radio stations, including CelticLounge.com, McSorley's Pub Radio, Paddy Rock Radio. House Band on Iradio.
The Rye's song The Big Dip is featured on Sean agus Nua, a compilation CD celebrating multiculturalism in the West of Ireland, 2007.
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