Percussionist Dermot Sheedy is on a roll with his band Hermitage Green playing to full houses on their first UK headline tour while also impressing US promoters, bookers and record labels in the US.
February 20, 2017
We started the new year on stage playing to a packed Dolan’s Warehouse in Limerick, the best way to begin a big year ahead!
In January we took some time out to recover after the busy touring schedule in December. Throughout the month we were writing new material that we will be road testing in gigs over the next few months.
February started with our first UK headline tour. We played Celtic Connections, Glasgow alongside the legendary Damien Dempsey in the O2 ABC. We followed that with two gigs in the O2 Academy in Liverpool & Birmingham. It was our first time playing both these cities and we were really overwhelmed with the response and support we received. We ended the tour on a high in front of 600 people in the O2 academy in Islington, London.
We returned home after the UK tour to play to a very energetic Mary I RAG week crowd.
We flew out to the US in early February to be part of the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City. We played six showcases at the Conference in front of promoters, festival bookers and labels from across North America & Canada. It was a fantastic trip and we’ve managed to secure some great connections for a possible US tour at the end of the summer.
Towards the end of the month we played some shows as part of the Alltech craft brews festival in The Convention Centre in Dublin.
March and April are going be busy with continued writing, recording and some festival announcements. Stay tuned for more!
Musician Dermot Sheedy has enjoyed a year to remember with his band Hermitage Green with a sell out show at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and performances in front of some 20,000 fans.
November started with our sell-out gig at the Olympia Theatre which was also the biggest headline gig that we’ve played. The gig went really well and it was great to tick off such a big milestone a year ahead of schedule.
After that we recorded two songs in The Curragower Bar in Limerick for Imeall on TG4. The show is the only dedicated arts show on Irish television so it was nice to be featured on it.
We took some time out in mid-November to see our good buddies ‘Walking on Cars’ play a sell-out show at the 3 Arena, which was really amazing. We started out at the same time so we’re delighted to see the lads get to that level.
We had the great honour of being asked to help turn on the Christmas lights on Dublin’s Grafton Street but things didn’t quite go to plan. The event attracted 20,000 people so our performance as part of it was cancelled on the grounds of public safety. We didn’t get to play on the night but we still made sure to turn on the lights for the good people of Dublin!
We played a great string of gigs at the back end of the month including playing to full houses at Connolly’s of Leap in West Cork, the HMV Soundgarden in Sligo and the Skylite Rooms in Warrenpoint.
We have been writing like crazy for the past few weeks and want to release new music early in the New Year. The plan is to write 20 songs and to record five. You always over-shoot when it comes to songwriting. We’ve really locked ourselves away and we’re writing loads on a daily basis.
We’re back on the road in December for the rest of our winter tour. We’re starting with two nights in St. Luke’s Church in Cork, a superb venue which is set to be lit by candlelight. Then it’s on to the Roisin Dubh in Galway, a venue that we’ve played many a time and which is always a big gig on any tour.
After that we’re playing the INEC in Killarney. We’ve played the big room there before with ‘Walking on Cars’ but we’re playing the small one time which has a capacity of 400, so another good night is in store. From there it’s on to Castlebar and Bantry before ending off a big year with two hometown gigs in Dolan’s Warehouse in Limerick on December 30th and 31st.
We’ve lots to look forward to in 2017 and we know that it’s going to be another big year for us. I reckon that we’ll have played in front of some 20,000 before the year is out, which is amazing for us. We’re writing away and working away on playing at a few big festivals next year but more about that in time. Roll on 2017.
From playing the Main Stage at Electric Picnic, to live streaming a house party to 40,000 people and selling-out his next show at the Olympia Theatre, musician Dermot Sheedy and his band Hermitage Green are certainly enjoying a year to remember.
We got September off to a great start when we played the Main Stage at Electric Picnic. We had rehearsed intensely for it and we really went for it when we took to the stage at 3 p.m. It was special and personally it’s the most nervous that I’ve ever been and that the band’s ever been gigging, but it went great.
There was torrential rain for an hour beforehand and then the skies cleared for our 45 minute set. Everything went amazingly well. It’s really hard to tell how many people are at the Main Stage when you’re on stage but looking at the video afterwards I’d say it was 10,000 plus. It was a massive buzz. The highlight of the year and our careers so far.
We took ten days off before heading to the Clifden Arts Festival, which is one of Ireland’s oldest and most well-known festivals. We played a great session to a great audience at the Station House Theatre and having gone that far we made sure to make a night of it after the show.
The week after we played the UCD Freshers Ball with The Strypes at The Academy, which was another sold-out gig. We met a group of lads there called The Renegades who are all aged 20 and 21 and who are massively into the band. They called themselves after one of our songs and they often Snapchat and video themselves at parties and 21st birthdays with our song ‘Renegade’ playing in the background.
They’re a great bunch of lads so we dropped by one of their house parties on the UCD campus in October, set up the sound system and banged out some songs which we streamed live on Facebook. 40,000 people viewed it and it was easily the best PR stunt we’ve ever done. We essentially gott more coverage out of it than an appearance on the Late Late Show and it helped to shift tickets for our show at the Olympia Theatre on November 4.
One of the coolest venues we’ve played this year was Coughlan’s Bar at the Coughlan’s Live Festival in Cork at the end of September. It only holds 70 people but there is complete magic in the walls. We are used to playing big productions so we stripped everything back and played an acoustic session in a well-run venue, to great people who wanted to be there. It was magical.
We’ve been busy writing new material and we’ve been very productive on our songs for our second album and radio. There is a lot of good tracks coming out of that process – and we know that we have to keep producing the goods for Sony!
We’ve just released a five-track EP which is only available online. We recorded four of the tracks in The Curragower Bar which is where the band started as a jam session. One of the lad’s brothers co-owns the bar. We pulled in the fifth track from a Joe.ie acoustic set, so get out there and buy it!
Everything over the coming days is about rehearsing for the show at the Olympia Theatre. We’ve sold all but 150 of the 1,600 tickets and they should be gone by the end of the month. We’re putting a lot into the production and doing everything to make sure that it the most impressive gig that our audience has been to.. We know that a large part of the audience have seen us perform numerous times so we’re working on some new pieces and on introducing a lot of surprises on the night. I can’t wait for it. Selling out the show was a big goal. We’re almost there and it’s going to be a gig to remember.
Gigs, gigs and more gigs!
October 6, 2016
Take a look at Dermot’s first vlog, where he picks up his brand new Qashqai, plays Seapoint Ballroom in Galway, Leopardstown, Eyeries in West Cork and Kenny’s in Lahinch.
Next Stop – Electric Picnic!
July 14, 2016
Percussionist and drummer Dermot Sheedy has had a summer to remember with his band Hermitage Green and is delighted to share some big breaking news.
It’s been all go this summer with plenty of gigs and the big news is that Hermitage Green have just been confirmed to play Electric Picnic in September.
One of my big goals for the year was to play in the Electric Arena but we’ve gone one better and will be playing the Main Stage at 3 pm. on the Saturday. I am super excited and we’ll be in intensive rehearsals getting that together so that we knock it out of the park.
Tickets are selling really well for our show in the Olympia Theatre on November 4. Performing at Electric Picnic will help to sell that one out and that’ll be another goal for the year checked off the list.
Our last single “Not Your Lover” got a lot of airplay over the summer and the new track “Save Your Soul” is going to radio shortly. Everything is going just right and the back-end of the year is going to be busy but fun.
We’ve had a great summer. We played Bulmers Live at Leopardstown which was a great night. We also headlined the Eyeries Festival in West Cork, which is a gorgeous place out on the Beara Peninsula. It was a wild night and the people there loved us.
We joined our good friends “We Banjo 3’ for a great gig at Seapoint in Galway. We had over 1,000 at that gig, so another great night was had by all.
Another highlight was the Meitheal Summer School in Limerick where I played with an orchestra of 95 teenage traditional musicians. We performed a newly commissioned suite of music and I wrote the percussion for that.
I have played a few of my own gigs too around Lahinch and Doolin with a ceili band whom I get together with once every six months. Our gigs are pure party, trad gigs and its always great to get together for them.
Next stop Electric Picnic. See you there!