One Horse Pony on a new musical journey

One Horse Pony.
One Horse Pony.

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One Horse Pony play upstairs in the Róisín Dubh on Friday, June 8, for a show that will celebrate the launch of their latest single Muddy Waters. The Cork band have been on the go since 2013 and are well versed in roots and blues music. Their latest single is named after a true blues legend but lead singer and guitarist Rob Foley says their current songs mark a new departure for the trio.

“When we first got together, we kind of identified ourselves as a blues band, and that’s very much how we saw ourselves,” he says. “Over time, the music changed a fair bit and we found that though the blues is still the thing we love listening to, we also like bringing in elements of folk and roots, and Irish trad. Sometimes a little bit of rock as well. So, it’s become very much a mixture of stuff.”

“Muddy Waters is a tribute to the great man himself, but it’s also from our own personal experience of leaning on music as a crutch,” Rob continues. “There are problems we all go through but you stick on your favourite song and it puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

“Blues type music and roots music is great for that,” he feels. “You’re singing about your problems, but in a way that isn’t depressing. Instead it gives you a bit of strength. We’re all in the same boat, we’re all going through something.”

Rob is joined in the band by Kevin Morrison on harmonica/vocals and Tim O’Leary on bass. To record these batch of songs they called in the services of Dublin-based producer Gavin Glass who has toured with Lisa Hannigan and released his own solo work. Picking a producer can be a tricky proposition, so why did One Horse Pony decide he was the right fit for them?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.