Seamus Egan & Anthony Briscoe Talks To Talking Hendrix

www.activatemedia.org feb. 1st 7-8 p.m.

By Ed Wrobleski

It’s hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his groundbreaking solo work with Shanachie Records, to his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today.

EGAN toured for the first time as a solo artist in 2018 as The Seamus Egan Project, bringing along friends and musical guests, introducing fans to both the entirety of his immense and influential catalog of music, as well as new music he’s never recorded or performed live. 
Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking album, When Juniper Sleeps, which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through the 20-year recording career of this iconic band, along with new tunes, Egan will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish music tradition, and beyond.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he’s put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others. 
As a composer, he was behind the soundtrack for the award-winning film The Brothers McMullen, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan’s breakout hit,
I Will Remember You ,” and has scored numerous documentaries and indie films since. 
As a bandleader, Solas has been the pre-eminent Irish-American band of their generation for the past 20 years, continuously renewing Irish music with fresh ideas, including a collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens on their 2013 album, Shamrock City. 
As a performer, few others can make so many instruments sing or such wickedly complex ornaments seem so effortless. 
He’s been able to to meld the breakneck speed and fun of late-night Irish music jams as performed with his friends with a more sensitive feel for complex arrangements and composition that came from Egan’s love of other music genres like jazz, classical, bluegrass or rock.

Egan’s always paid homage to his roots, but he’s thought of these roots less as a heritage and more as a universal language to be shared. 
Which is exactly what he’ll be doing at his upcoming shows on his tour. One of his upcoming performances will be in Scituate, Massachusetts at the River Club Music Hall on February 8th but for more information on where he’s coming to a town near you please check out his official website below along with his facebook, youtube, and his band Solas official website as well below:

Seamus Egan website:
https://seamuseganproject.com/about

Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/seamuseganproject/

Youtube link – Seamus Egan & Friends
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdWPcILS0oM

Our Second guest is Anthony Briscoe of Seattle, Washington band Down North see their information below :

Seattle, WA, January 22nd – Down North lead vocalist Anthony Briscoe leans into a song like his life depended on it, a veritable force of nature who channels the spirit of legendary showmen like James Brown, Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke (not to mention arena-rock strutters like David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler). His crack bandmates in the Seattle-based band — guitarist Nick Quiller’s fiery psychedelic blues-rock riffs, drummer Conrad Real’s muscular, balls-to-the-wall pounding and bassist Brandon Storms’ rock-solid slap bottom – create a thoroughly modern hybrid of arena-rock bombast crossed with soul revue danceability. The hefty Briscoe is light on his feet – thanks to years of training in ballet and modern dance.

Down North has just made five songs from its new release, No Retreat, Vol. 1, available for streaming at all major sites. The band also debuts their “Stupid Man” music video which is at once an impassioned response to our current self-motivated political climate and a plea for all to take advantage of their right to vote, as it calls out everyone from rapper Kanye West to former New York City Mayor (and Trump attorney) Rudy Giuliani’s infamous line, “Truth isn’t always truth,” in referring to one of the President’s pronouncements.

“Stupid Man” and its accompanying video is singer/songwriter Anthony Briscoe’s attempt to make sense of our current political climate, and his sense of wonderment at the mass ignorance that allowed the election of Donald Trump, complete with a montage of images over the past two years. Those news clips range from the torch-bearing Charlottesville march to the appearance of their good friend (and fellow music artist) Joy Villa in her pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” Grammy dress, from the Klan’s David Dukes extolling Trump’s virtues to an unnamed voter who calls the President a “loudmouth,” then says he’ll pull the lever for him anyway. “This is a very personal song for me,” says Briscoe, whose stated goal is for people to make their voices heard by exercising their democratic duty. “It’s about people voting on narrow selfish interests based on a single issue. Has our society gotten so bad that no one cares about how those choices will affect the rest of us? Like the lyrics say, ‘It’s up to you and me.'”
Other highlights include “Heartbreaker,” whose music video was popularized through Afropunk and features local guitarist Jabrille (Jimmy James) Williams from the True Loves. There’s a ska-reggae feel to “Stupid Man,” while in “Hollywood,” Briscoe takes full aim at the town’s casting couch tradition in the wake of the #MeToo movement. No Retreat, Vol. 1 is just the first of a series of subsequent Down North release in the months to come, its title is a tribute to the band’s take-no-prisoners attitude. “For this band, there is no turning back, no plan B”

After an amazing showcase at Live Nation’s HQ, Music Connection mentioned Down North as one of their ‘Top 100 Unsigned Artists’. Their recent live TV performance on New Day NW on CBS Seattle, propelled them to confirm slots at NAMM, Rock Legends Cruise, and more venues across the country. “We didn’t want to release anything without a great team and the right people to hook it up,” explains Briscoe. “We want to reach the widest possible audience with our message.” And they won’t give up until they get there. No Retreat… no surrender. Down North are coming to conquer.

Official Down North Website:
http://hyperurl.co/noretreatvol1

Stupid Man Official Video Link on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpmP39_McAg