The Derry six-piece boast a huge range of influences, the kind of genre mingling that only results from years of stealing CDs out of each others’ rooms.
Rory Gallagher mixes with Gram Parsons, with the music retaining the Celtic edge of their forebears. Live, the band is a series of flailing limbs and soaring melodies, as The Prelude are a freewheeling bunch of minstrels who have cut a swathe through venues across the country.
Debut EP ‘Shakey Tree’ contains all of these elements and more. A masterclass in songwriting, tracks show a heavy blues influence bearing names such as ‘Paranoid Travellers Blues’. The country harmonies of ‘Leave Me On A Sunday’ bring to mind a new rootsy direction for Teenage Fanclub, whilst the whole release contains a wonderful atmosphere of co-operation. If this is The Prelude, then a wonderful story awaits us.