Pining for good music this weekend? Head to JJ’s!

Pine Marten are an innovative modern string band drawing on folk music from around the world. With influences ranging from bluegrass and Irish trad to folk, funk and blues, the band digs deep into these inter-related forms of roots music to create a unique and exciting sound.

  Their debut EP, ‘Gone Beyond’ recorded by Irish flute legend Alan Doherty, showcases these diverse influences with 5 tracks ranging from funky modern bluegrass, breakneck old-time fiddle tunes, punchy Irish jigs and ambient original songwriting. 

  The band is comprised of Paddy Kiernan, one of Ireland’s top banjoists, Niall Hughes, a bassist involved in countless projects in Ireland and abroad, folk-cello innovator Alec Brown, and one of France’s finest bluegrass musicians, Simon Guy. The band sat down with Dan Dooner earlier this week.

JJ’s this weekend guys. What did you make of your last visit to the town?

All of us in the band have played in JJ’s a number of times, whether as Pine Marten or other acts, and we always love playing there: a nice stage, a good listening crowd and friendly staff always make for a good night of music!

Looking ahead to Saturday, what can the audience expect?

We will be playing material from our debut EP, ‘Gone Beyond’, which showcases our unique mix of Irish, bluegrass and roots music. In addition we’ll be doing some of our favourite numbers: old blues standards, Irish jigs and reels, and maybe even a murder ballad too if we are feeling particularly macabre!

  It’s dream gig time. Describe the set-up and line-up for your perfect gig.

  We would all love to see one of our favourite bands, ‘Punch Brothers’, completely acoustic, in the comfort of our living room. Hopefully they would ask us up to do a few numbers with them as well!

Would you rather headline a sell-out stadium tour or absolutely rock an intimate tour around Europe’s best live music venues?

For our style of acoustic music, we’d go for the latter for sure, as some of the subtlety of acoustic music is often lost on the massive stages. We like to be able to hear one another!

Finally guys, what’s your idea of the perfect weekend?

Good coffee, good food, good tunes.