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Gig Review :: The Hibernian Jungle :: Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore

The Hiberian Jungle, a band from Ireland truly brought the jungle to the city last Tuesday night at Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore. Spinning harmonies into the night, they had the crowd dancing and moving to their frenetic rhythms.


The band comprises of Ireland’s most skillful and dandy musicians, each from a different spectrum and musical style, brought together by their mutual passion for rock, funk and Irish music.They are heavily influenced by Irish soul and blues by artists like Van Morrison and Rory Gallagher. They have been performing one off shows in select cities around India all through September.

Barry Hargadon on the guitar and vocals, Tommy Moore on the bass and vocals, Ciaran O’Rourke on the keyboard and Micheal O’Connor on Percussions, all from different roots.

Barry is the lead singer of the acclaimed Irish post rock band and is known for his idiosyncratic rock voice and his unique controlled guitar style.

Tommy is one of Ireland’s best known Jazz bassist. He plays in internally renowned Cuban band- Havana Son. He left all of HRC awe struck after his solo on Tuesday night.

Ciaran O’Rourke has performed all over the world as a member of UK’s seminal funk and hip-hop group- Bonobo. A prodigious keyboard player.

Micheal O’Connor, an extremely enthusiastic percussionist had the crown on their feet all through the evening with rhythmic beats on his Peruvian Cajón Drum.

All of them coming together to reinterpret the music of some of the world’s most celebrated artists like Led Zepplin, Talking Heads, Credence Clearwater Revival. Tracks like ‘Have You Seen The Rain?’, ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ and ‘Satisfaction’ they played that night had the audience embrace the Irish spirit.

The evening concluded with a surprise hue of notes as Ridhii Paul- one of the guest singers sang Zombie and she was followed by Riccha Paul who tried a medley of Rolling In The Deep and Pani Da Rang and then concluded with Proud Mary.

A beautiful evening indeed.

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