Alt folk band Moxie are the latest name to announce for a live show at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre this summer.
With the venue set to welcome Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Ali Comerford, Rebecca Storm and the whopper Marble City Sounds gathering over the coming weeks, the band will slot in on Saturday 31 July.
Moxie have released Is Ainm Dom, the first single to be taken from their upcoming album The Dawn of Motion, on the way later this summer. Moxie’s sound is a charismatic fusion of varied influences, emblematic of the multicultural society we live in. Is Ainm Dom innovatively combines both Irish and Arabic in the lyrics, and the music reflects a traditional Irish roar with a driving African percussive sound.
Is Ainm Dom
Is Ainm Dom was born in an unexpected way: Julia Spanu and Darren Roche wanted to pay homage to each other’s cultures by combining intricate African rhythms with the Irish jig. The weaving of Irish and Arabic felt natural and almost inevitable due to some of the phonetic similarities. The song relates to the meaning of home and the importance of the journey that guides us through sunshine and storms. ‘Esmi Hayat’ – ‘Saol Is Ainm Dom’ meaning Life is my name.
Moxie began its journey in 2011, when founding members Darren Roche, Jos Kelly, Cillian Doheny and Ted Kelly decided to join forces to create an innovative style of Irish music. They released their debut album Planted in 2014 which Trad Connect reviewed as “a thought-provoking and modern album that is high on creativity”. Josh Sampson (drums) joined the band in 2017, with the last and most recent member being Julia Spanu, a vocalist and songwriter with French, Vietnamese and Italian roots.