Hermitage head off to pastures Green next year

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK band Hermitage Green are preparing for a dizzying spell that will see them play gigs in Australia, South Africa, America and Abu Dhabi - all before March of next year.

LIMERICK band Hermitage Green are preparing for a dizzying spell that will see them play gigs in Australia, South Africa, America and Abu Dhabi - all before March of next year.

But their legion of fans need not worry, the five-piece folk-rockers will play a farewell gig in Dolan’s Warehouse this Thursday night before jetting off early in January.

Hermitage Green, bearing favourable comparisons to Mumford and Sons in some circles, cap off a fantastic 12 months with the gig this Thursday, ahead of the prospect of an even better one in 2013, with the band set to tour Australia over a four-week period, stopping in South Africa on their way back before then jetting off to Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi as guests of Jameson after some well earned rest.

“That is the plan up until March anyway,” laughed Barry Murphy, bass player with the band, that also features his brother Dan, Darraghs Griffin and Graham, and bodhran player Dermot Sheedy.

“We head to Australia on January 3, to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and back to Perth, and stopping in Cape Town on the way home,” he added.

But this is no jaunt; the unsigned band, who are attracting major label interest in Ireland, will be packing in gigs while they are Down Under.

“We got some enquiries from venues over there that said they would love to have us, and we have five gigs in ten days as soon as we arrive, which is a bit hectic,” he laughed.

The quintet have even secured a festival gig on Australia Day in Sydney’s plush Darling Harbour while they are there, a signal of their growing stature on both sides of the world.

They played a sold out gig in Whelan’s in Dublin last week and have toured to Monroe’s in Galway and Cypress Avenue in Cork this month - as well as becoming the first Limerick band since the Rubberbandits to sell-out the Warehouse in October.

Before they head off they will play in Dolan’s this Thursday, with Barry promising some “cheesy Christmas classics”, as well as their own impressive repertoire.

“Yeah, we will be having a big Christmas party before we head off - we will be back in March. Limerick will be seeing the back of us for a while. We will have to churn out some cheesy Christmas classics this Thursday so, it should be fun,” he laughed.

Meanwhile, although attracting interest from record labels and having a stock pile of material, the group will not be rushing any decision on the release of their debut album.

“Nothing major as of yet,” he explained. “We have been sending material to record companies and we will go away for a while and pick things up when we come back in March.

“We are getting good feedback so there is no major rush. We have enough material that we think is good enough for an album so it would be nice to get it done and have something. We are hoping to have something together for the summer.”

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