Continuing to make waves on the live circuit – “The Full Irish!”
INDIVIDUALLY, they hold authenticity; collectively they showcase the powerful ensemble of Western styles. They have performed at International Festivals, danced on the biggest stages including ‘Lord of the Dance’ and they have featured on TV stations and radio programmes across the world.
Together, they are ‘BackWest’ –a four piece of young exponents, filled to the brim with the music and soul of the west of Ireland, three members reared in the heart of Galway city alongside their compadre from Headford in Co. Galway. Their stage show is a winning combination of traditional, sassy, modern, technically perfect and musically inspiring, delivered with tremendous and rampant energy.
Described by fRoots magazine as “The icing on the cake” with “razor sharp precision” and “state of the art performance” the highly regarded musical siblings, Maureen and Brendan Browne, on fiddle/vocals and accordion respectively, join Lord of the Dance Peter Vickers on hand and foot percussion accompanied by virtuoso guitar/vocalist Fabian Joyce.
BackWest have set new standards with their own signature style. Deeply rooted in the traditional, they are ‘an innovative, thrilling ensemble of high calibre and vastly experienced musicians,’ (Irish Music Magazine). Their performances are polished and effortlessly professional, given the depths of their solo and collective musicianship and talents. The tunes are honed from vast individual repertoires, the music and songs absorbed from all regions of Ireland and beyond. Modern tunes sit comfortably with older compositions, the siblings bounce fiddle and accordion off each other with flourish, Peter’s dancing is theatrical while Fabian’s rhythmical and musical connection to the music form part of the band’s musical narrative which is skillfully inserted and thrilling for their audiences.
BackWest in concert is a showcase of imaginative, modern day Irish cultural expression, an explosion of tunes, song and dance, vital to the world that is contemporary Irish and world music.
To date BackWest has performed at many national and international festivals and are due to return to the United States this year to tour their new album Heritage Hall which so far has received fantastic reviews within the realms of the media, describing it as ‘stunning, creative and exceptional’. The critically acclaimed debut album, ‘The Long Walk’, released on the BackWest music label in 2017 was described as top notch in terms of material, quality of playing and superb arrangements, proving their diversity in performance and synergy of style. Holding a five star review from Irish Music Magazine, BackWest have been aptly classified as ‘innovative’ and ‘thrilling’. It is without question that they leave their audiences with the warmth of wanting more, leaving no listener disappointed!