Ep 72: Mardi Gras

Ep 72: Mardi Gras

Neil Clark

About this episode

There are rock bands and there is the Mardis Gras. A great bond of musicians and vocals that compliment each other on a united front. Their passion and talent is woven into every song they have written with elements of soul and sassyness. As long as there are stories to tell, there will be music…

Rome based Mardi Gras is a rock act with a difference. Named after Creedence Clearwater Revival’s last studio album, the band’s musical journey is made of protest songs, poetry, prayers set to music, and a whole lot more.

Mardi Gras has released three full albums so far: Drops Made (2006, Goodfellas), Among the Streams (2011) and last, Playground (2015), a record where ballads, rock, funk and acoustic pieces of music are the playground for the band with all their influences. Mundy, one of the greatest Irish songwriters, is a guest on the album that was mastered by Simon Gibson at Abbey Road Studios in London.

As regular visitors in Ireland, the band has forged long-standing connections with some of the best Irish musicians, playing as the support act for The Frames and Glen Hansard, and sharing the stage with artists such as Mundy, Siobhan O’ Brien, TKO, Micah P Hinson, Noah and the Whale, Billy Bragg or Jack Savoretti (not to mention the best Italian independent acts) to name a few. Liam O’Maonlai from the Hothouse Flowers features on the album “Among the streams” where a W.B.Yeats’s poem is put into music.

**Exlicit permission has been given by the artists to play the interview and their songs**