Music Focus: Captain Casey on the up

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE... Gareth Jones of Captain Casey, performing at I-Fest in Irvinestown

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE… Gareth Jones of Captain Casey, performing at I-Fest in Irvinestown

This week, Ryan Smith, caught up with Gareth Jones, of Captain Casey – one of the county’s newest bands who are continually on the up…

FOUR MEN, one ship.

They have been on the scene since October of last year, and have carved their own niche among Fermanagh musicians.

After a number of line-up changes, ‘Captain Casey’ now consists of Gareth Jones on vocals and guitar, Charles Knox on drums, Joshua Phair on bass and Francis McNally on guitar.

“There’s no real label on the music we play – we do anything from Johnny Cash to AC/DC. We try to keep the crowd happy, get out, dance and have the craic,” Gareth Jones told Music Focus this week.

“Our first gig was back in October of last year. But things went very very quiet for a while. It kicked off again in the New Year.”

And, several weeks ago, the band played I-Fest in Irvinestown.

“I-Fest – It went shockingly good,” Gareth continued, “We got on stage and things were a bit quiet, then we looked up and everyone was there. We didn’t realise the crowd was going to be that good. But we got good feedback from it.”

At present, the band play a variety of covers. But, Gareth noted that the band have taken time to write some original material.

“There are a few surprises coming up – we’ve got the music down and the lyrics are coming,” he said.

“Some of it is heavy, like Nirvana – but it depends who’s writing. If Francis is writing it’s a wee bit heavier, if I’m writing it’s a wee bit more lovey dovey.

“If it goes down well and we’re happy with how it we’ll hopefully get something recorded and out there.”

On Saturday, August 3, the band play in the Milltown Manor in Tempo.

“These is our second time in it. The first time was more acoustic, this time it’s going to be a proper full set,” Gareth concluded.

Doors open at 10pm.

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