When Irish band Hibernian Jungle came to India for a multi-city concert tour earlier this month, they couldn’t help notice how well the average Indian gig-hoppers knew their music. “The tour has been absolutely amazing, it has surpassed all our expectations. We are particularly surprised with the in-depth knowledge of the music that the audience has. The crowds got very involved. A man even proposed to a girl on stage, and she said yes,” says Karl Moran, who plays the Irish bodhran drum. Besides him, the band comprises Barry Hargadon (vocals, guitar), Michael O’Connor (Peruvian cajon drum), Ciaran O’Rourke (keyboard) and Tommy Moore (bass). At their gig tonight at Out of the Blue, Powai, they will be offering a multicultural mix of their originals and covers of Led Zepplin, Van Morisson and Rory Gallagher among others.
“We play a lot of rock, blues and also some original music. The audiences can expect intricate baselines, some energetic vocals, flamboyant keyboard playing, and a rhythm section of percussion instruments from Peru to West Africa to Ireland,” promises Moran. The band is currently on the last leg of their tour, having performed at Delhi, Gurgaon and Bangalore, before coming to the city. In between a hectic schedule, they even managed to squeeze in a trip to the hills.
“Before coming to Mumbai, we went to Rishikesh and met many artists, who inspired us immensely. We are currently writing music, the process of which has accelerated after the trip,” says Moran. The band has loved their experience in India so far, “We loved the food! And we are enjoying the music here. We even have a tabla player, who comes to give us lessons every day,” concludes Moran.
Hibernian Jungle wil perform at Out Of The Blue, Powai on Saturday from 10.30 pm onwards.