The Rye Rive Band – Original Irish-Americana

Straight into it today. No fussing about. A lot like the band we are featuring today. The Rye River band are a long time going americana/roots collective based in Dublin. They make straight-up americana and considering that, it is a wonder why it has taken so long for me to feature them on Eirecana.

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The band were formed way back in 1989 around the same time as the alt-country genre was blossoming in the U.S. The band can surely have the claim to one of the first americana bands in Ireland. The band’s original members were Pat Burgess, Paddy Faughan and Pat McSweeney with Dennis Crowley and Paul Mcsweeney.

The band started out playing the pubs that welcome the alt-country sound. They didn’t get to record their own music until the release of an E.P. in 1998. “The Wonderful Barn” featured some members of the original line-up with some new editions. It is hard to find much out about the four track EP. As far as I make it, it featured four original songs from the band. One that you can still listen to is “The Lonesome Road”. With the accordion bringing a strong cajun influence, the song is a sweet foot-stompin catchy number.

The band’s next release was 2006’s “Music from Big Meadow”. Perhaps taking a not so subtle queue from The Band’s “Music from Big Pink”, the album is a 18 track collection of pure americana. The only track available to stream is a honest cpver of John Prine’s “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”.


The band most recently released a Live Album. They are currently on a bi-weekly residency at the Brazen Head in Dublin. The Live album from the Brazen Head features a mixture of cover and original tracks. The covers are a nicely selected bunch featuring the likes of Cale and this great version of a Jaggers/Richards track.

The Rye River band have developed a pure, roots sound that you can’t help but get hooked on. The live album is full of energy and brings home how powerful and affecting this music can be when played live.

Find out more about the Rye River Band and you can listen to most of their songs on Soundcloud.


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    Many thanks for your kind words about the Rye River Band. As a founding member it was
    wonderful to read your piece about the band.

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