Emmett Collum (percussion), Mark Prunty (bass, guitar/vocals), Podge Gill (guitar/vocals), Ross McNerney (banjo/mandolin/keys), are Brave Giant. A band rooted in an inherited love for trad & folk, moulded, morphed and inspired by indie & alternative influences. Based in Longford the band released its first commercial track in April 2016, the still hugely popular ‘Lordy Lordy’.
In just three years, Brave Giant has gone from selling out two nights Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin to the band’s biggest headline show to date at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Saturday November 9th, also going to sell out. The band has also seen it’s Spotify streams grow to over 2.5 million during the last year, and online video views in the same region.
The first single from this debut album, ‘Decorate Your Mind’, described by Hot Press as “a powerhouse of a track, as anthemic and propulsive as it is dark and atmospheric.” stormed into the Top 3 on release in July. The lead single, ‘Wizards And Witches’, is available now.
Emmett, Mark, Podge and Ross teamed up with one of the country’s most respected musicians and producers Gavin Glass of Orphan Recording, to record the debut long play which sees a slight change in direction for the band. A sound Gavin (producer) affectionately refers to… “it’s like David Guetta meets The War On Drugs.”
Brave Giant is delighted to be having the official album launch show on home ground. The Backstage Theatre, Longford town, on Sunday October 6th. Tickets sold out within the day when they went on sale last week.
To coincide with the album release Brave Giant also hit the road, the following dates are now on sale. Tickets on sale from venue sites and also Tickets.ie**
Backstage Theatre, Longford – Sunday October 6th – (Hometown album launch show) – Sold Out
**Dolans, Limerick – Friday October 11th
**Roisin Dubh, Galway – Saturday October 12th
Cyprus Avenue, Cork – Thursday October 17th
Acoustic Room INEC, Killarney – Friday October 18th
Festival Club @ Andersons Live, Sligo Live Festival – Saturday October 19th
The Hub, Kilkenny – Friday November 1st (with the Coronas) – Sold out
The Hub, Kilkenny – Sunday November 3rd (with The Coronas)
Olympia Theatre, Dublin – Saturday November 9th
(very limited tickets remain from ticketmaster.ie)
This summer, the four-piece were delighted to be part of the festival line up at #DDFIO (Dubai Duty Free Irish Open) festival in Lahinch, gave a storming top-three billing performance at Kaleidoscope Festival in June, and likewise in August on the main stage at Indiependence Festival 2019, and kicked off 2019 festival season on June 1st with Day Tripper Festival in Waterford alongside Gavin James and Hudson Taylor.
Live highlights from last year include sharing a stage with Hozier, Walking on Cars and other highly-respected Irish artists at the 2FM Christmas Ball at the 3Arena in December, two further sold-out headline shows in Dublin at The Button Factory and opening band’s live record in London with three sell-out headline shows.
Since releasing its first commercial track in 2016 (‘Lordy Lordy’), Brave Giant has sold-out all its headline shows in Dublin and numerous across the country together with having a string of top 5 singles including ‘The Time I Met The Devil’ and two number one’s with ‘Way To Love’ and ‘Somebody’s Someone.’ Opening for Picture This on the final night of the band’s five-night Olympia run in 2017 will always be very special. Not shy to festival season either, in the three years to date some of the band’s summer festival performances include Longitude, Sea Sessions, and Electric Picnic. Indeed in 2018, over 5,000 people turned out to see the band live in their home county at the Longford Town Festival.
Now for the next part of the new chapter.