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Hermitage Green's famously energetic live performances are driven by hard-hitting rhythm sections, the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.
The band have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound. Captivating audiences and earning the respect from music pundits, it is fitting that their new album, 'Live at Whelans', captures the raw power of the band on stage.
The five-piece Hermitage Green formed in July 2010 in what started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed into a strong acoustic outfit with an original sound for which the band have credited their contrasting musical tastes.
The band released their debut EP, ‘The Gathering’ in September 2012, rocketing straight into number 1 in the iTunes chart. The band followed this success with tours of France, the UK, the Middle East, South Africa and the US. Their sold-out extensive Australian tour featured many highlights, including playing Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.
Their Electric Picnic performance, to a delighted 7000 capacity Electric Arena tent, capped a busy summer of festivals. Hermitage Green also enjoyed a weekly residency on the popular RTÉTV sports show, Second Captains this Autumn.
‘Live At Whelans’ was recorded at their sold-out shows in Whelans last October with eclectically accomplished musician and studio virtuoso Joe Chester (Ryan Sheridan, Mundy, Gemma Hayes, The Coronas) producing.
Date:14 February, 2014