Rough and ready harmonies and a set made up of stomping original songs played with heaps of energy defines The Calvinists. Their sound combines elements of gypsy, folk music, bluegrass, rockabilly and even surf rock.
The band entered 2011 on a wave of media attention following a surprise rave review by New York Times writer, Matt Gross. A few months earlier Mr. Gross was ambling through the Calvinists’ local town of Bantry when the bands’ poster caught his attention. Drawn in by the unusual name (a slightly controversial anti-homage to religious reformist and general party pooper, John Calvin) he decided to check them out. He certainly wasn’t disappointed; 'They were awesome: straight-up rock with a country accent......the whole room hummed with enthusiasm and pride. I was part of something. Maybe this was a moment that, years from now, I’d remember as a big one'
The attention and saw them propelled from the local circuit into the national arena. With the release of their debut single “Anchor” written by Taidhg, they performed live on R.T.E’s popular “Saturday Night Show” as well as featuring on the Marian Finucane show and many more radio stations around the country.
The band recently announced an exciting collaboration with world renowned singer/songwriter Colin Vearncombe aka Black, with rehearsals underway for a few eagerly awaited performances. Also a collaboration with the hugely talented Cork singer/songwriter, Nicole Maguire, whose track record includes tour support to Nanci Griffith as well as our own Paul Brady. Also joining the band on guitar and vocals is singer/songwriter, Gary Murphy. Exciting times for The Calvinists!
Taidhg Burke - Vocals, Bass
Frank Wieler - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Darragh Coakley - Vocals, Drums, Cajon Discography "Anchor" single available for free download on www.thecalvinists.com