Preview: Hermitage Green, Malone’s Irish Bar

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FOLK-rock with an Irish flavour – that’s how Limerick lads Hermitage Green describe their sound.

“We’re five mates who have been together for just over two years,” says band member Barry Murphy, speaking ahead of the quintet’s first Scottish show – at Malone’s Irish Bar, Forrest Road, on Sunday night. “In that time we’ve played something like 500 gigs across five continents.

“Playing live is all we know,” adds the vocalist, who used to play centre wing for rugby giants Munster and won several caps for Ireland – scoring 15 tries – before retiring due to serious injury.

“It really all started with us jamming in my brother’s Limerick pub, and it has escalated from there,” says multi- instrumentalist Dan Murphy.

As for their tastes and influences, these lads are an eclectic bunch. “We all have different musical influences and tastes, but we are definitely rooted in acoustic folk-rock,” says Murphy.

The band, who recently jammed on stage with Mumford and Sons, released their debut EP, The Gathering’ in September 2012 - and it stormed straight to No.1 in the iTunes chart.

Now, it’s time for the release of their debut long-player. Out today, Hermitage Green – Live At Whelans effortlessly captures the raw power of this dynamic band on stage.

Already on the brink of stardom in their native Ireland, you don’t want miss the chance to see Hermitage Green play such an intimate venue as Malones.

It’s safe to say they’ll soon be packing out far bigger concert spaces.

Hermitage Green, Malone’s Irish Bar, Forrest Road, Sunday, 7pm, £13.50, 0131-226 5954