The Calvinists live at JJ’s this weekend

On Saturday, JJ’s will show the Republic of Ireland’s crunch Euro 2016 game against the Belgians. Later on Saturday evening, Roscommon town’s prime live music venue will play host to The Calvinists.

  The Calvinists are a four-piece band from Co. Cork and will take to the stage at JJ Harlow’s this Saturday evening. They are: Taidhg Burke on vocals and bass, Frank Wieler on vocals and a variety of instruments, Darragh Coakley on drums and Marc De Zoeten on vocals and guitar.

  Marc took one for the team earlier this week and spoke with Dan Dooner.

Okay, nice easy one to start with. Ireland v Belgium: predictions please?

Ireland 2 Belgium 1 if the Boys in Green are up for it. Belgium were very poor against Italy and being the underdog is always an incentive for the Irish team to play well. COYBIG!

Looking ahead to Saturday night in JJ’s, what can the audience expect?

A good time full of dancing, jumping, yodelling and all other sorts of shenanigans. We will be playing a lot of our own originals that have elements of gypsy folk, ska, blues, rock and world music. We will also be playing some known tunes that people can boogie to. We’re looking forward to it as it has been a while since we played J.J Harlow’s.

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

Well if we had our way we would have a lot of musicians from all over the world taking part, on a big stage where the crowd are very near us. It would really just be a big hooly!

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

Definitely rocking an intimate tour of Europe. A lot of our gigs are about interacting with the audience and stadiums are quite impersonal in that regard. We want to be able to see people dancing and howling and generally having a good time from the stage.

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

Ideally, playing two rocking gigs on a Friday and Saturday where the gear has been set up for us followed by a nice chilled gig on a Sunday. We really don’t need much to keep us happy!