MusicTown presents JUNIOR BROTHER & POWPIG
20.00 – The Grand Social – Tickets €12 from Ticketmaster.ie
An idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer/ songwriter, Junior Brother is the pseudonym of 24 year-old Co. Kerry, Ireland native Ronan Kealy. Fusing elements of Irish and English folk with a deeply unique sensibility, Kealy has steadily built a dedicated fanbase in his current residence of Dublin, broadening his listenership further with each release.
Born outside Killarney, Co. Kerry, Kealy developed a strong love of music from an early age, writing his first song at 9 years old after having taught himself guitar on a banged-up nylon acoustic. A short spell studying English in University College Cork helped Kealy to foster his unique and striking poetic voice, taking his Junior Brother moniker from a character in Jacobean play “The Revenger’s Tragedy”, a work Kealy studied there.
With the crucial addition of foot tambourine to his musical set-up, Kealy eventually moved to Dublin to briefly study music, before releasing his highly acclaimed second EP “Fuck Off I Love You” in 2016, earning plays and plaudits on 2fm, Radio Nova, Dublin’s 98fm among others. He is currently in the middle of recording his debut album, engineered and recorded by Chris Barry (Myles Manley, Ye Vagabonds, Cat Palace).
His new single, The Back Of Her, with a video shot by Myles O’Reilly, is out now, ahead of an album in 2019 on Strange Brew.
PowPig are a four-piece from Limerick City; Anna Marie Rooney, Andreea Mocanu, Laura Drennan and Leah O’Donnell and were formed in May 2017.
Their second EP, “Buzz Buzz” was released in May 2018 and has made this 4 piece ever more popular, with more recordings on the way. Having supported acts such as The Strypes, Pillow Queens, Mongoose, whenyoung and Paddy Hanna, PowPig have also played The Irish Times podcast with Roisin Ingle, plus a late night slot at Body&Soul festival and have scored a new Artist of the Week write-up in The Irish Times. Always in demand, PowPig have played an impressive range of venues all over the country such as Whelans, The Workman’s Club, Roisin Dubh, Dolans , DeBarra’s to mention but a few. Not a bad first year for these teens! 8pm, The Grand Social tickets €12 from Ticketmaster.ie