Mark Geary + The Strawhall House Band return to Galway

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After an extremely successful Irish tour in October, Mark Geary + The Strawhall House Band are returning to Galway this month with a gig in Monroes.

Mark Geary rose to prominence playing alongside the likes of Jeff Buckley, Sinead O’Connor and Katell Keineg at the famous Sin é Bar in New York’s East Village.

Over the last 20 years hw has toured all over Europe, the US and Australia, sharingg the stage with performers such as The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, The Frames, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and Joe Strummer.

The Strawhall House Band features Fiacre Gaffney, Jack Maher, Vinny Kilcullen and Mark Penny. The band formed from the long running Monday night session at the iconic Strawberry Hall Pub on the Strawberry Beds Road in Dublin.

Alongside original songs from their debut album Six Days in May, released in May 2017 on Plateau Records, the band’s repertoire includes covers by great songwriters such as Lowell George, Ry Cooder, John Hiatt and Guy Clarke.

“Playing with The Strawhall House Band is an incredible experience,” Mark Geary said.

The idea that I know before I even play a note that every choice they make is going to be appropriate for the song is astonishing.”

“For me as a singer, that doesn’t just happen. But with these guys, it happened overnight. ”

Strawhall House Band frontman Fiacre Gaffney added “There’s a wonderful thing that happens when you’re playing and you don’t have to think about what the other people should be doing.”

“It’s total trust. You meet somebody for the first time and you know you’re on the same wavelength.”

This gig is on at Monroe’s on Dominick Street on Thurdsday, December 12, doors at 8pm. Tickets cost €13 and can be purchased online here.