The magical Emerald Isle
Trinity, Temple Bar and most importantly, talent. Three words that come to mind when I think about my trip to Dublin earlier this year. Ireland’s capital is a thing of beauty; literary history, architectural wonders, steeped in music and incomparably friendly for a large city. I spent the better part of four days finding my way around some of the best sites; Trinity College’s library (#nerdvana), the Ha’penny bridge, the National Gallery and Christ Church Cathedral.
Naturally I spent heaps of my time rifling through record stores, craft markets and practically throwing myself into every bar I could hear musicians playing.
The Ocelots: Dublin busking at its finest
So, it’s no surprise that in true music-head style my first ‘port of call’ upon entering the land of the green was to soak up all that lush musical history. It’s safe to say that I had high expectations from the city that gave us Damien Rice, Dolores O’Riordan and Hozier (to name a few…), and it didn’t disappoint.
Rambling around the infamous Grafton street I stumbled upon twin brothers Brandon and Ashley, collectively known as The Ocelots, busking to a captivated audience (myself included)!
The duo hail from Co. Wexford and have spent numerous years busking and street performing around Ireland and Europe honing their authentic acoustic folk sound – and it shows. They bring new meaning to the phrase ‘man and his guitar,’ in their case its ‘men, guitar, harmonica and voices’.
What captivated me most was their awe-inspiring harmonies together, I’m talking Civil Wars quality or better (another dynamic duo you should listen to if you haven’t). The atmosphere they created when they sang literally left me with goose bumps! Maybe it’s a sibling thing, or perhaps even a twin-thing that makes their harmonies so completely in sync.
Not only are they brimming with musical talent, they were also very nice when I cheekily asked if I could video them for my blog. Exhibit A below…
Sidenote: my mum (who hails from Co. Tipperary) was also very enthusiastic when we heard them in Dublin, wooping may have been heard… Listen close on that video!
What do you think of their sound? Do you have any favourite duo’s? Let me know in the comments