Spirited Galway-based Spats Colombo was formed at the tale-end of 2013 by chief songwriter, Oxford born and bred Simon Noble. With Simon on vocals and guitar, he is joined by female singer Rhona Ní Chearbhaill (Galway native) and Simon’s sister Harriet Noble. Donegal born musicians Caroline Doohan and Michael Carey add vocals and violin to the ensemble respectively. Bass guitarist Breandan Feeney from Spideál and Dublin-born drummer Colmán Mac Sealaigh complete the line-up. With all bringing their passion for folk, pop and indie-rock into rehearsals, Spats Columbo’s unique sound started to emerge with tender harmonies akin to Simon and Garfunkel and the happy energy of The Mamas and Papas being prevalent. The band could also be said to echo sounds of The Kinks and Supergrass. Spats Columbo’s first two singles ‘Price Tag’ and 'Sunshine girl' are available to buy now on iTunes, and stream on Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Their debut EP is mooted for release in Autumn 2015.
“Spats Colombo create a roots-infused soundscape, from the late-night love ballad ‘Ní ag Cur i gCéill’ to the soaring ‘Sunshine Girl’ which would kick-start any party, this is a highly impressive offering from a fresh and dynamic addition to the Irish music scene”.
Tristan Rosenstock: TG4/ Newstalk.
“Beautiful magical music with charming harmonies. This Pop music is highly influenced by the music of our generation, rock music, traditional song, Irish music and the native heritage of its members who hail from the Gaeltacht’s of Donegal, and Conamara; not to mention the Oxford Gaeltacht. Spats Colombo are special.”
Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí: RTÉ, Radió na Gaeltachta.