Cocophone are an experimental folk band. The band currently consists of founders Freya Monks and Fin Divilly. The instruments used are Guitars and Male Vocals by Fin and Violin, Keyboard, Tambourine and Female Vocals by Freya. With an obsession for guaranteeing the listener both strong harmonized pop melodies and keen poetry, Cocophone do this by pushing the boundaries of songwriting. This continuous ambition culminated in Cocophone winning the Annual Becks Band of the Year competition in Slane, by the unanimous preference of a judging panel including Lord Mount Charles, his son and Tony Clayton-Lea, music journalist of The Ticket. In addition to this major achievement, Cocophone have had several sold-out gigs in Whelans in the past couple of years. Currently, the two-piece have honed a large repertoire of original material along with immediate plans to grow the band into a fuller outfit where the occasion might suit and furthermore, make Cocophone into a very dynamic original act for the future. Most recently, Cocophone have recorded a 4-song demo with talented Sound Engineer Tommy McLaughlin (Lead Guitarist of Villagers). This has been mixed and mastered and will be packaged shortly as the band’s First Edition. Cocophone intend to bring Irish Folk to an urban contemporary level. Cocophone will be featured in the Irish Times’s Music Supplement ‘The Ticket’ in the new year (January) as ‘A Band to Watch in 2011’.
by Phil Udell / January 14th, 2011 /