|catoan - Down. (Rock)|
Catoan do folk-rock-jazz-classical things with music, mostly ...resulting in an exciting fresh experimental folk/rock hybrid. The Belfast-based band made the change to become Catoan in March 2007 after having already played together for over a year as Paddy McKeown...with a band. Members are Paddy McKeown (vocals, guitar, coffee drinkin), Rúaidhrí Mannion (violin, backing vocals, lover of bowls), John Ferris (electric guitar, glockenspiel, purveyor of fine rum), Cavan Fyans (bass, backing vocals, does some other things with games consoles), Rob Baker (drums, dreaming of madonna and luan parle and jam) and are joined frequently by Iain McDougall (tenor sax, wearer of cardigans).
As Paddy McKeown (and band) they've had songs played on Across The Line (Radio Ulster) and various international stations, appeared on the Just Jones Show (Radio Ulster), U105fm and recorded sessions for Raidió Na Lifé (106.4fm, Dublin). Paddy's page was featured on the MySpace homepage. They've played support for Starsailor and Leya, appeared in the Belfast Telegraph a number of times, The Irish News, GO Magazine, Twenty4-Seven, Bad Habit Mag, the BBC's ATL website, AU Magazine, and had a glowing article/interview on www.culturenorthernireland.org. Even more recently they have garnered A&R interest from some of the major labels as well as being asked to perform support for the likes of Jack L and perform at the notable Out To Lunch Festival, which bring with them much publicity.
As Catoan, the band have already been played on BBC Radio 1, recorded a session for ATL Radio Ulster, appeared in the Belfast Telegraph, played support for Kate Nash and Jack L as well as having played the prestigious IMRO Showcase Tour. The catoan track 'Stranger' was one of the selected tracks on the IMRO Showcase Tour's 'the very best rising Irish talent' CD that went out with the Irish Daily Star to well over 100,000 people around Ireland in April.
Taken onto the roster at Clintons Solicitors, with an EP release though Curious Incident Records planned for mid-summer and an Irish tour to follow, the band is set to make a significant impact this coming year.
Tracks available for download (if any):
I Will (live - 2006) http://www.catoan.com/audio/I%20will%20(live%20recording).mp3