he spelling of their name isn’t the only remarkable thing about French gypsy punk band Txütxükan. This six-piece play a diverse fusion of high-octane, upbeat and occasionally melancholic music inspired mainly by gypsy and Balkan cultures, while also permeated by various other influences ranging from folk to jazz.
The band’s members are no strangers to Ireland, and their new album, ‘Surf the River Lee’ was partly inspired by their nine months living together in Macroom, Co. Cork. A collection of ten original tracks, this sophomore effort represents the diverse cultural and musical backgrounds of all its musicians.
Starting out from the upbeat energy of Balkan rhythms, the music explores the creativity and beauty of music from different parts of the world, touching on everything from languorous swing, upbeat surf rock and funk, all the way through to Indonesian folk.
The band’s Irish tour will take them to Dunmore East, Dingle, Ballydehob, Blarney, Cork, Derry, Dublin and Galway, where they play Monroe’s Live on Friday, 9 August.
As a special addition to their Monroe’s Live show, Txütxükan will be accompanied by bellydancersAmber and Anne, who will give the audience a short bellydance workshop. It promises to be an entertaining spectacle at the very least.
Experienced cover band Fader will take to the stage afterwards, playing rock and pop hits from past and present.
Doors for Txütxükan open at 10pm, with tickets, priced at €10, available on the door.