Most towns in Ireland are lucky to have one local band who play at the weekends and brighten up the pub scene for the punters – but in Glenamaddy it appears the locals are spoilt for choice. The reason? They don’t have just one band in the area – there are four bands based around the town. These bands include ESD (which stands for electro sonic discharge), Vinyl Rock, The Brothers D and Sundown. Vinyl Rock is made up of Sean Heneghan (Drums), Pauric Donlon (lead singer) and Derek Donlon (base guitar). This is a relatively new band on the scene. They like to play classic rock, which includes playing cover versions from the likes of Thin Lizzie and David Bowie. They also have a few gigs coming up in Galway City so keep an eye out for this talented up-and-coming band. ESD is a five-man band and prefer to play modern rock. Some of their cover versions include the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam. The band members are Declan Macallion, Sean Heneghan (who also teaches at the East Galway School of Music based in Glenamaddy), Thomas Connolly, Simon Stikirsky and John Dolan. They are currently taking a break in order to practise more material and indeed to write their own music also. They also have the distinction of being the Battle of the Bands Champions. This was a competition run in Mannion’s Pub, Glenamaddy, over many weekends and involving numerous bands, which ended with these lads being crowned eventual battle of the bands champions. Another local band is made up of two sisters, Sarah and Sylvia Finnegan. They play acoustically and perform their own material as well as cover versions from the likes of Sheryl Crowe and Alanis Morissette. Indeed the girls have even recorded their own album recently, which they hope to release in the near future. They have gigged locally in Castlerea and Gort but you are most likely to find them on a Saturday night performing in Mannion’s Bar, Glenamaddy. So if you think that Oxegen was the place to be this summer then think again! Glenamaddy has it all – and you won’t need to bring your wellies or tents along in order to enjoy the night!