In Their Thousands

Rosguill, Fanad & Malin , County Donegal

In Their Thousands are a four-piece alternative rock band from Donegal. Two brothers, a cousin and an old friend from each of the three peninsulas on the rugged north coast, who are all singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.

Brothers Aidan and Declan McClafferty and cousin Ruairí Friel have been playing music and singing together since they were kids. They formed In Their Thousands in 2012 and were later joined by Marty Smyth who had returned from 5 years gigging the English folk circuit.

The band play across a number of different genres. Although it could be broadly described as a rock band there are elements of Folk and Country. There’s an emphasis on the song and its craft, and on holding on to the traditions of the seanachaí whilst creating a powerful, ambient sound with dynamic arrangements and encapsulating hooks. The live set can change from vocal harmony laced acoustic folk to hard electric alternative rock.

To date they have released four extended play records: In Their Thousands (2012), Cellars (2012), Between the Waters (2013) and Ends (2014), working with producers Dave 'Skippy' Christophers (Between The Waters) and Tommy Mc Laughlin (Cellars) of Villagers and SOAK acclaim.

The band was chosen as Hotpress Magazine/2FM/Guinness 'Play On The Day' winners 2012.

“In Their Thousands were absolutely brilliant. This is a band with huge international potential. They are superb musicians making a truly original and epic noise” - Niall Stokes, Hot Press

The band have toured both home and abroad, recording and chalking up a series of festival appearances including Electric Picnic, Westport Festival, Glasgowbury, Indiependence, Little Apple Cider Festival (Cornwall, UK), Knockanstockan, Earagail Arts Festival, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Carnival of Colours and Vantastival. They have self-funded and organised two tours in mainland Europe, visiting Germany, Holland and Belgium in 2014 and 2015.

Last year they played a support slot for Ciaran Lavery’s Belfast Album Launch (CQAF), two sold-out Whelan's shows and a series of local gigs to help fund studio time.

This year the band have been focusing on recording a debut album. Recording began in April at Donegal's Attica Audio with Tommy McLaughlin at the helm.

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