It’s great to see local talent doing so well on the music scene. Duckweed, a five piece rock band based in Galway, formed in 1998. Local talented Enda O’Flaherty from Cloon is the band’s bass player. The other members include Ciaran Davey, Kieran Cunnane, Chris Greene and Brian O’Sullivan. This November will see the release of their Debut album on their own independent label Rockengine Records.
This year alone has seen them regional finalists in the Esat Digifone New Bands Competition, Qualify for the Magpie Band slam competition, third in the Heineken Band in the west competition and winners of the Budweiser Battle of the Bands. Featured on numerous occasions in the local press and on the Jon Richards instudio sessions in Galway, their debut album will be the culmination of the past years work in an attempt to break into the National music scene. Already spotted by Jackie Hayden of Hotpress, he described them as “having something worthwhile to say” in a recent review.
A debut single is due for release in mid October along with a promotional tour and video. They will be gigging throughout the region in the forthcoming weeks and months with a promotional tour for the album’s release due for late October/November incorporating major cities and towns throughout the country, details of which will be in the local press. Influenced by the greats (Led Zepplin, Rory Gallagher, U2), no doubt you will be hearing more from Duckweed.
Word has it that Duckweed plan to launch their debut single with a live show in Claregalway in mid November with support from other nationally profiled bands. Definitely a treat in store for all rock fans—so keep an eye on the local papers for further details.
P.S. Enda is certainly an example of inheriting musical talent as his father Tommy is a well known and hugely popular one man band in Claregalway.