TOP Limerick band Hermitage Green took a step into the music industry proper with the recent release of their first EP - The Gathering - which they mark with a home town launch this Thursday Upstairs in Dolan’s.
The harmonic, folk-rock quintet - now settled into a line-up of brothers Dan and Barry Murphy, Darragh Griffin, Darragh Graham and Dermot Sheedy - are attracting interest from record labels and hope to release their full debut long player sometime next year, with over 20 original tunes already amassed.
In the meantime, after a terrific year gigging around the country - notably popping up on MCD’s radar with a sold-out Academy show in recent months - they have released the excellent EP, featuring Golden Rule, a radio edit of which is set for release in the next three weeks and should propel them to greater heights.
Barry says the band are “looking forward” to Thursday’s gig in their home town.
“We can’t wait. We have done three sold-out gigs around the country to mark the EP’s launch, but it is great to be finishing in Limerick, we are really looking forward to it,” said Barry of the band, who formed in July 2010 in a locked back room of the Curragower Bar in Limerick.
“We wanted to do it sooner but it just didn’t work out. It is important to have a launch in Limerick and I think we should get a good response from people. It should be a good night,” he added.
The band hope to play a big gig in the Warehouse closer to Christmas, with Barry declaring: “That is the place we want to be playing” - a sign both of the band’s growing confidence and popularity.
In the meantime Thursday’s gig will showcase Hermitage Green’s full repertoire in an intimate setting, something that might not be possible for much longer if they continue on their current upward trajectory.
“We will be showcasing our original material, we have about 20 original songs now that we play regularly, and hopefully everyone likes them,” said Barry.
“We have had meetings with a couple of record labels and hope to maybe look at recording some time in the new year. There is no major rush, we will keep writing for the time being and see what happens. That is the plan at the moment,” he added.
Hermitage Green play Dolan’s Upstairs, Thursday, October 18 @ 8pm. Tickets €5 (plus a free EP). See Hermitage Green.