JD Roots is a new musical initiative from Jack Daniel’s celebrating the influence of hometowns on the music of bands of the current music scene. For its first edition in Ireland, three of the finest alternative bands in Dublin, We Cut Corners, The Minutes & Delorentos will be working together and re-interpreting their favourite Irish songs at a free gig on May 18th at the Button Factory.
Commenting on the project, singer and drummer Conall from We Cut Corners says “We’re going to take advantage of the uniqueness of the situation, we’re fans of the other bands involved, so when the guys from Jack Daniel’s asked us to participate, we knew it would be an interesting challenge”. A challenge because of the busy timetables of the three bands, as Ronan from Delorentos explains: “We’re just sending suggestions from one band to another for now, mp3s, we’re gonna be all three bands in a rehearsal room in a month or so, it’s kind of risky but also exciting”.
Some clues about which band they would like to cover? Shane Kinsella from The Minutes considers Thin Lizzy as their icons: “We learned everything from listening to them, I also love Philip Lynott albums and his cover of Dirty Old Town”, and as for We Cut Corners, Conall says “We played acoustic covers of Van Morrison when we started, but it was pretty faithful to the originals. I was also a U2 fan when I was 16. I loved Boy, War up to Zooropa“. U2 is also a big musical landmark for singer and guitarist Kieran from Delorentos, along with “Whipping Boy, The Bothy Band and other Irish-related acts like Ash, The Pogues …” but he adds: “nothing is decided yet and we will have to compromise with everyone and see which bands and which songs get unanimity”. The three bands have already agreed on one thing: there will be a strong collaboration before and during the gig with musicians joining together for an “all-star band”. All in all, this is the promise of a great night celebrating Irish music at Button Factory May 18th.
Tickets for the JD Roots gig @ The Button Factory are free and available from Monday 2nd April on www.jdroots.ie . All those who register will go into a draw for tickets. Closing date for entries is Friday 4th May.