Black Bank Folk burst onto the Irish music scene in 2016 with their critically acclaimed debut album 'Rising'.
‘.. stories of love, faith, loss and vision are told with fluency and grace..The sweeping arc shaping this collection gives the stories of the Rising an immediacy that will likely resonate with a whole new audience.’ 4/5 The Ticket- The Irish Times
‘Superior Folk-rock with an historical message. A hugely rewarding listen’ 7/10 Hot Press
‘The songs swing from Irish folk to contemporary indie and soft americana..winsome harmonies..poignan, well-written work’ Sunday Times
‘Top 10 Albums of 2016’ - The Irish Sun
They spent 2016 and much of 2017 touring the country including 3 Vicar St appearances supporting Damien Dempsey and performances at Electric Picnic 2016 and 2017. The band went back into the studio with Gavin Glass last year to begin recording Last Star Fall, the follow up to Rising. This album promises much. Recorded at Orphan Studios and featuring a collaboration track with Damien Dempsey, the album shows a musical progression from the bands first outing.
The band , John and Mark Colbert, (stalwarts of the Irish music scene having played and toured with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Paddy Casey and Jerry Fish), James Sheeran, and traditional multi-instrumentalists Sean McKeon (2005 TG4 young musician of the year) and Sharon Hussey (winner of the Golden Fiddle awards, Melbourne 2010). The music brings together Indie and Folk with strands of traditional and Americana, and blends the ancient with the innovative.
James Sheeran explains
“I think a lot of the elements that made the first album RISING work so well have been retained but there just feels like there is a slightly darker, more contemporary edge to this record. Here you see a lot more of our opinions, feelings and ideas coming through. There is no one overarching theme to Last Star Fall but I suppose a lot of it is to do with letting go and saying goodbye but while there are dark moments I really feel the hope radiates through. We’re really happy with it and we’re excited about getting it out there”.
Last Star Fall is being launched on the 26th June 2019 in Dublin's newest venue Lost Lane.