We have a very special treat for you today as we bring you a brand new song by legendary Irish band Goats Don’t Shave from right here in Donegal.
Irish folk rock band Goats Don’t Shave kick off their latest tour tonight (Friday) with a show on Arranmore, a beautiful island off the coast of Donegal, before moving to the mainland tomorrow to perform to another sold-out crowd in the Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey.
But ahead of their shows, Pat Gallagher, Shaun Doherty and Patsy Gallagher called into Emerald Guitars HQ to record two exclusive performances for us! Pat played an X20 Artisan Woody featuring a Bubinga veneer during the recording, while Patsy played a black X7 Artisan.
Led by singer/songwriter Pat Gallagher, the Goats became one of Ireland’s most outstanding bands in the early 1990s with top ten singles and a platinum-selling album selling out concert venues the length and breadth of the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America.
Formed in our native Donegal around 1989, Goats Don’t Shave’s initial success came with singles like the ‘anthem’ Las Vegas in the Hills of Donegal and Let The World Keep On Turning, both which subsequently featured on their debut album, The Rusty Razor. The band’s new album, Turf Man Blues, has been over a year in the making and will be officially released on Saturday, March 19.
The new album by Goats Don’t Shave features eleven new songs that cover a wide range of subject matter, from the title track, The Turf Man Blues, dedicated to the generations whose only source of heating and cooking was the ‘auld sod’, to Dance For The Crowd, a song about bullying and discrimination.
Releasing the album in the year that it is in Irish history, the Goats also wanted to mark the one hundred-year anniversary of the Easter Rising. Also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916 mounted by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic.
The Volunteer, Goats Don’t Shave’s newest track, was well worth the wait and is a beautiful song commemorating this momentous event in Irish history from a very different perspective.
Following the incredible week it has been for us here in Ireland, commemorating this event, we are thrilled to be able to introduce to these wonderful new composition.
Following their Irish dates, Goats Don’t Shave will be performing three dates in Scotland next month: The Ceilidh House, Oban (May 27); Ramsay Hall, Port Ellen, Islay (May 28) and The Shed, Glasgow (May 29).
Follow the Goats on Facebook: ‘Goats Don’t Shave Official’, Twitter: @GoatsDontShave1 and check out their website www.goatsdontshave.ie