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MUSIC Rock bands converge on Castlebar clubhouse

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And So I Watch You From Afar playing on the main stage at the Glasgowbury Music Festival 2009.
And So I Watch You From Afar playing on the main stage at the Glasgowbury Music Festival 2009.

Turning Christmas on its head

Henry McGlade

Don’t fancy slouching on the couch in a mince-pie-induced semi-coma after Christmas? Think you’ll want to shake the jaded jangle of Jingle Bells out of your head? Or do you just want something a bit anti-Santa to look forward to this festive season? Here’s just the ticket.   
Instrumental post-rock group And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA) will play in The Clubhouse in Castlebar Celtic on Wednesday, December 28, with Shardborne, Toby Kaar, Race The Flux and Mayo rock group Music For Dead Birds ably bringing up the rear.
ASIWYFA have been touring around Europe for the past six months promoting their latest album, ‘Gangs’, the follow-up to their self-titled debut album. The Belfast three-piece is signed to The Richter Collective label, home to such acts as Adebisi Shank, The Redneck Manifesto and Not Squares in 2010. Remarkably, the band has played over 500 gigs around the world since the start of 2009, including appearances at SXSW, Eurosonic, Electric Picnic, Novarock, Canadian Music Fest, Popkomm, Pukkelpop and Sonisphere, and a support slot for rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.
Playing support on December 28 are Shardborne, a progressive/technical instrumental rock band from Limerick, originally formed in October 2004 by brothers Eoin and Ciaran Culhane with Ben Wanders. Holding a regular vocalist proved difficult, so the band eventually settled as an instrumental act with Cormac O’Farrell rounding out the line-up. They released their debut EP ‘Aeonian Sequence’ in April 2011.
Also on stage will be Mayo’s own Music for Dead Birds, who have just released their new album, ‘The Pope’s Sister’, which is available through iTunes and Bandcamp; Corkonian and Electric Picnic veteran Toby Kaar, whose music has been described rather poetically as ‘beautifully colourful flourishes of electronica mixed with propulsive beats’ by The Irish Times; and ambitious rock and electronic four-piece Race the Flux from Roscommon.