Letterkenny/Ramelton, County Donegal
Aul Boy are an indie-rock type quartet that combine the sounds of New York, California and Donegal in a genre-jumping collage of clever lyrics, loose guitars and tight rhythms. Sometimes sharp and noisy, sometimes light and poppy, sometimes big and spacey, always with a groove.
Aul Boy began life as the solo project of guitarist and singer Fionn Robinson, who got around to producing his own music after years of slinging guitar for other bands. December 2016 saw the quiet release of his first offering - a 5-track, home recorded EP entitled Blue Ghosts.
Since then Aul Boy has expanded to include Bjørn Patzwald (drums), Peadar Coll (bass), and Jeremy Howard (guitar/keys) and have been sharpening their live teeth – with sets at Swell and Distorted Perspectives festival, and support slots with Exmagician, The Altered Hours and BC Camplight.
In July they released their first single as a full band. Here's what's been said about it so far:
"The song is a wry, tongue-in-cheek, slice-of-life (“I’m not buying milk for two, baby“) distillation of Mac DeMarco, or Terror Twilight-era Pavement were they late-risers from Donegal. And, much like Mac reclaimed the vieux jeu Steely Dan, Aul Boy’s heartfully reclaimed Hendrix blues noodling works much to the song’s strength" - Stevie Lennox, The Thin Air
"Weirdly wonderful" - Roddie Cleere (KCLR)
"Right up my street" - Rigsy (Across The Line on BBC Radio Ulster)
"I dig it, yes I do" - Gavin Glass (Radio Nova)
“His EP “Blue Ghosts” came out on December 6th 2016 and it’s chock full of lovely things that you’d expect to find on a cutting edge New York indie film soundtrack only he happens to hail from Donegal instead of all that other stuff.” - Robert Mulhern (An Ait Elie)