The last time Garrett Wall Band played in Longford was in the intimate confines - by their standards at least - of the Tally Ho Bar on New Street.
The venue had become a must-play venue in recent tours for the Madrid-based band.
The band return to Longford this Friday night (March 25) to a bigger venue of Backstage Theatre, not only with a new album on the horizon but with a a new name as well.
Track Dogs is the name that the quartet of Garrett Wall (guitar/piano/voice), Howard Brown (trumpet/voice), Robbie K. Jones (cajón) and Dave Mooney (bass/doublebass) are now known as.
The change of name came about because the band members felt that they had moved on from being a singer-songwriter plus band to become Track Dogs, a group whose four years working together, from their base in Madrid, has led them to developing a very distinctive and unique sound where each element is as important as the other but overall being much more than the sum of the parts.
Four-part harmonies have become the order of the day in many of the new songs and the new album sees first time compositions from Robbie, Dave and Howard. Garrett is still the main songwriter in the band and they continue to use their highly distinctive logo of the four instruments.
The band takes its new name from the maintenance teams working the subway tracks in New York City.
These teams have to look out for each other and are a closely-knit group much like the band of four ex-pats living in Spain who came together in 2007 to make their unique brand of folk-pop.
Avoiding the typical band line-up, they have opted for Cajón (flamenco box drum) instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar.
With acoustic guitar, bass and four vocals the band are constantly evolving both as a live act and studio band as evidenced on their new album, titled simply Track Dogs.
Having already released two albums under their previous incarnation, the band members say they’re perhaps inspired by the new lease of life given to them as a result of the name change - the new material shows the energy and freshness you would expect from a “debut” album combined with the confidence and diversity you would expect from a band with as many miles under their belt as Track Dogs.
The album features 10 songs and two instrumentals, including a reworking of the Nick Drake classic “Hazey Jane II” which was well suited to the band’s sound.
The video to the band’s current single was filmed in the west of Ireland around Lahinch and Clifden and was shot by Irish photographer Ronan Kirby.
As well as Track Dogs, Friday night’s concert sees a number a local musicians playing on what’s being billed as ‘A Night To Remember’. The evening kicks off at 8.30pm with two support acts, followed by a break before the main act comes on stage. Following Track Dog’s gig, there’s further musical entertainment in the bar, with popular local band ‘Groove Addicts’.
Tickets €15 from Backstage Theatre on 043-3347888, online at www.backstage.ie or in town at Farrrell-Coy.