Swanee River performing 'Don't Follow Me' for BalconyTV Dublin
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Hailing from the city of Derry, they began in September 2004 and drew their influences from a range of bands including Free, Led Zeppelin, Spencer Davis Group, UFO, Rory Gallagher, Humble Pie and Terry Reid.
They have since played over 200 gigs touring the length and breadth of Ireland, in towns and cities such as Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Dundalk, Limerick, Donegal, Lurgan, Draperstown, Downpartick, Warrenpoint, Killarney and their hometown of Derry. They have also been added to the small festival circuit playing in the Glasgowbury music festival Draperstown, The Derry gas yard Féile, the Derry blues and jazz festival, and the New Born Fest Downpatrick
Along the way they have graced the stage with the likes Duke Special(2007), Henry McCullough(2007), Taste(2008 where they got to play infront of world renowned record producer, musician and song writer Tony colton), Jaded Sun(2008) and 8 Supports slots with The Answer building up a steady fan base. They also won the Northern Ireland battle of the bands competition in 2006, picking up a cool £1000 prize money.
They have also been featured extensively in the press including the Derry Journal, the Derry News, the Irish News, Alternative Ulster, Radar Magazine and the Evening Herald (Dublin) receiving raving reviews from all papers/magazines.
On top of this, their two releases Back to the Handlebars and Baby Better Lady have been played flat out on the airwaves on a host of radio shows throughout Ireland including Downtown radio, RTE Radio 1, Radio Ulster ATL (including interview and feature), Maiden city fm (Derry local) 107fm (Ballymena local interview and feature) and QUB radio.
Their groovy soulful feel to their music has captured the incredible following they now have and made people realize again that its ok to like rock and roll!!
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