O’Fling Irish band

The O’Fling Irish Band

If you’ve ever been to Ireland, or even if all you know about its music is what you saw in the film Titanic, you’ll know that there is great drive in Irish music, and that it is inexhaustible – like the musicians who play it. In any town or village in Ireland you’ll find local musicians playing their hearts out in people’s houses and in the bars. Just for fun. And for the glow the music brings to the evening and to their lives.

That is what O’Fling is about:

four friends who just love to play jigs and reels, playing them straight, with no additives, no artificial colouring or preservatives. For there is gold in every tune, if you can strike it. And the only way to strike gold is to go for it, again and again, until the vein is located and charted. And this band will go gold-prospecting anywhere: in bars, festivals, concerts, back rooms…. anywhere, that is, except on ocean liners.

O’Fling, apart from being a relatively rare Irish surname and an allusion to a little-cultivated dance genre within Irish music, is a small 4-piece group of traditional music enthusiasts who ply their music in and around Barcelona. They found that their instruments – pipes, banjo, fiddle and bodhran – and their common, energetic approach to the music added up to a good sound, and formed O’Fling as a result, with the mission of taking the pure dance music wherever it would be welcome. So their sets are lean and mean, and apt for any setting from dark village bars to glitzy festival stages. For when the tunes strike up, the immediate setting soon fades into the background: we are in trad territory, and once there, the tunes are their own world.

Nights Around The Table In Barcelona

Irish Music is alive and well in Barcelons

Irish Traditional Music has been going on in Barcelona for years. A few friends started a session back in the mid 80’s, at a sadly dissapeared bar in the old quarter. Many years and some pubs later, the session is still going on on a regular basis.

Throughout these years, many musicians have joined the session. Some have gone, some have stayed and still attend the session from time to time, and some come religiously once a week to share some tunes and have a good time, which is basically what this is all about.

As a result of playing together for so long, the latter group has developed a common repertoire and a considerable level of competence that allows them to form bands at will whenever the chance arises. Thus, Nights Around the Table was formed. NATT produces pure “session” music, with hardly any arrangements or solos, the same music you would hear in any Irish pub in the world.

NATT has played for dancing groups several times, in parties or weddings, and so the idea of forming a big band that could play in such events came into our heads. That was the seed of the Barcelona Céilí Band.

Finally, the inevitable “magic connection” between some of the musicians and the temptation to fashion more carefully-crafted sets have led to the forming of other off-shoot bands who, like Drónán or O’Fling, while retaining their links with NATT to the full, also work independently on their own bands.

So, whatever kind of Irish tradtional Music is needed, we can provide it with one of these line-ups and, more importantly , we can keep the flame of Irish Music burning in this small corner of the world