Stephen Wrench’s musical career started 53 years ago when his big brother “bribed” him to sing in a band he started in high school. In 1969, he was returning from a tour of Boston College as a football recruit and spotted a sign on the side of the road, “Concert Here”. He followed the signs and they led him all the way to the Woodstock festival as fate would have it. He met many ‘would be’ successful artists there and has worked with many of them down through the years.
Wrench has worked in many capacities including as artist manager, producer, and VP of a major label located in Nashville. However, over the years he has realised that his first love has always been as a creator of music, penning thousands of songs. For him, it’s all about evoking emotion through lyrics and music.
Elevation Fall’s aim is to echo the great rock bands of the past, with a modern twist!Fronted by the powerful vocal talents of EF’s Warrior Queen Hazel Jade, flanked by her two duelling guitarists Chris and Darragh, with drums and bass pounding the beat, their energy and performance will really knock you out! These guys have a really great bond both as band members and friends, and their positive vibe emanates from the stage, and whilst they take their craft seriously, they always have time to laugh!
D-Day are a 4-piece band from Galway. The band was formed by brothers Darragh (lead guitar, lead vocals) and Keith Whyte (drums and percussion) who joined forces with school friends Chris Breslin (bass, backing vocals) and Cathal Sweeney (rhythm guitar, backing vocals).
After honing their unique mix of ’60s style rock vocals and modern instrumental sound in the practice room, they burst onto the Irish music scene in 2012 supporting ‘Thin Lizzy’ (Volvo Ocean Race Festival). Since then, ‘D-Day’ have been on a non-stop mission to introduce new audiences to their own alternative brand of rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.
In 2014, they released their self-titled 5 track EP and cemented a place on the Galway music scene with gigs in the top venues all over the city.
2015 saw D-Day play a string of festival shows including Carrickmacross Arts Festival, eventually culminating in a slot at Rocktoberfest, Monroe’s Live, alongside acts like The Hot Sprockets. They were also crowned winners of the NUI Galway Witless Battle of the Bands. Their song ‘Long Time Gone’ was mixed by record engineer Mike Fraser who has worked with acts like Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Metallica and most recently AC/DC. This song was also used in the Netflix TV Show ”Club de Cuervos”.
This year has been their most prolific to date, with a relentless summer tour which began in June when they supported UK act ‘Tokyo Taboo’ (Workman’s Club). From there, ‘D-Day’ shared the stage with the ‘The Riptide Movement’ and ‘The Strypes’ (Rock the Docks, Monroe’s Live) and opened for ‘Delorentos’ and ‘The Frank and Walters’ (Carrickmacross Arts Festival). Their hectic summer schedule was brought to a fitting end with their debut show at Whelan’s and a performance for Philomena Lynott at ‘The Bash for Philo’