LAOIS four piece Adela and the Meanits will this August be embarking on a 32 county ‘Long Road Home’ tour, to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Andy’ and their new album. The group have been winning crowds over with their catchy melodies, unusual song arrangements and energetic shows, and for those who have yet to experience their live performance, pencil in a date this month to catch them as you are in for a treat.
After a chance encounter on a St Patrick’s Day float in Portlaoise, Cullahill songstress Adela met Portlaoise drummer Ros O’ Meara. Then a member of several bands, Ros introduced Adela to bassist Barry Hayes who in turn introduced everyone to violinist John Davidson. Like peas in a far out pod, catapulted from years of abject obscurity in the Irish midlands, they soon became a group of four: Adela and the Meanits.
After making their powerfully memorable debut performance at Electric Picnic back in 2009, the band have since paid their dues and gigged a number of venues and festivals in Ireland including Indiependence, Knockinstockin, Helium, Blue Breeze, Milk, Happy Valley, and Dublin City Soul Festival among others.
Their music has been likened to Madness, Sultans of Ping and Lily Allen, but comparisons aside their music contains refreshing elements of pop, folk and trash can jazz that when combined, somehow manage to have a mainstream appeal.
With songs that are catchy out the door and talented musicianship, it is hard to imagine this band staying under the radar for too much longer. All four musicians are multi-instrumentalists and incorporate vocals, double bass, piano, ukulele, melodica, drums/percussion, nylon string guitar and violin with effects pedals into each live performance.
Set to release their debut album in August, single ‘Andy’ precedes just in time for this years summer festivals. The upcoming studio album has a definite left of centre sound. But for now, ‘Andy’ should give fans a taste of what the band are about.
The tour starts today at the Harbour Bar in Wicklow and for Laois fans they will be playing this Sunday at 3pm at the Scarecrow festival in Durrow and later that evening in Kavanaghs. Other gigs include Boyles of Slane on August 2, Castlepalooza Festival in Offaly on the 4th, The Stables in Mullingar on the 6th, The Spirit Store in Dundalk on the 7th, Crane Lane in Cork on the 8th, Wexford’s Sky in the Ground on the 9th, Cafe Formenti in Carlow (at lunchtime) and Ryans in Kilkenny on the 10th, the Lunasa Festival in Sligo on the 11th, Donegal and Tyrone on the 12th, Fermanagh on the 13th, and Achill Island on the 14th.
They will also be playing Cavan on the 16th, the Roisin Dubh in Galway on the 17th, Down and Antrim on the 18th, Derry on the 19th, Armagh on the 20th, the Rose of Tralee festival on the 21st, Limerick and Lahinch on the 22nd, the Grand Hotel in Tramore on the 23rd, the Belly Bang festival in Tipperary on the 24th, Roscommon on the 25th, Longford and Leitrim on the 26th, Athy Arts Centre on the 27th, and their last gig of this tour sees them perform in Whelans in Dublin on the 28th.
See www.adelaandthemeanits.com for all updates, and check out them out on Youtube.