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Galway man making waves in US

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 1:00am

US based musician and Galway native David Lally is making musical waves Stateside, with his band Brogue Wave nominated for a top music award in San Diego.

David, who is the producer on The Brian Buffini Show, has been living in the US for 22 years. His band Brogue Wave, which he describes as “kind of like a California Saw Doctors” has been nominated for a World Music Award at the prestigious 26th Annual San Diego Music Awards.

“We have played for years in San Diego in varied bands, but came together formally just 2 years ago as Brogue Wave. So to be recognised this quickly is a major achievement we were not expecting. We’re very excited to attend the awards, and hopefully can bring an award home for Irish music.”

David said, “Our sound goes from Johnny Cash to trad to Pogues inspired swagger. We have pipes, a fiddle, accordion and drums along with multi vocals and guitar. And we attack a gig like it’s our last – we love playing, and we’re not interested in just showing up.

David was born in Mountbellew. His parents June and Thomas still live there. Growing up in Galway, he has fond memories of his earliest music interests. “Some of my earliest memories involve Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. In the kitchen, Roy Orbison, classical music, or Lionel Richie records seemed to be on repeat.”

He remembers his mum’s piano playing echoing through the house. “This was a mesmerising soundtrack for all our lives through the years.”

When he was in secondary school he, along with some friends, formed a band called Fairies Wear Boots. “We loved and lived for it, drank a lot of coffee and enjoyed every second. But the Leaving Cert was looming and like many a good thing, the exams brought rock ‘n’ roll temporarily to a close!”

Today as producer of The Brian Buffini Show, he works with a team of designers and researchers on content development and distribution. “Which allows me to have a music habit!” he added.

The future holds plenty of musical opportunities for the band and David adds that they have been invited back to play on Flogging Molly’s annual music cruise, which sets sail in just a few weeks. “This will be our third year playing the festival – one of dozens of bands playing onboard a monster cruise liner to the Bahamas. It’s an honour to be on the bill with The English Beat, NOFX, Flogging Molly and so many other great groups.”

Later in the year, they will fly to New York to play on Ellis Island. “We can’t yet announce the details, but it’ll be a very special one for anyone knocking around New York!

“We just are enjoying doing our thing and getting a little better each time we walk out the door to a show. Come see us if you’re ever in San Diego. And don’t forget to vote! People can vote every day.”

To vote for the band go to

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