Balla, County Mayo
Train Room is the brainchild of Balla songwriter, musician and producer Joe Monaghan. Train Room’s first gig, at Dublin’s showcase Hard Working Class Heroes Festival last October, and debut EP Delicate Bones, brought the band’s distinctive sound to general attention and significant interest. Joe, who has been honing his musical skills recording demos for the past seven or eight years (in his studio in Balla), cites musical influences as broad as Wilco, Whipping Boy, Kate Bush, Neil Young and Nina Simone. But listen to Delicate Bones, and you’ll hear that Train Room makes music that is very much its own. A band on the ascendant, and one to watch.
“Train Room is full of variety, beautiful musicianship and sublime vocals... Delicate Bones is a quality debut.” - Ceol Caint
“Keep an eye out for this band... entrancing songs and arresting arrangements underpinned by his perfectionist work ethic, convincing passion and quiet confidence.” – Ciara Moynihan, Mayo News
"Mayo singer-songwriter Joe Monaghan released his debut EP Delicate Bones in October following his live performance at Hard Working Class Heroes the same month. Grace features on the release and is a fine slice of orchestral-imbued indie rock and is accompanied by a video by Love/Hate actor Patrick Murphy. It’s early days yet for Monaghan but one to keep an eye on."- Niall Byrne, Irish Times