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Background information
Origin Limerick, Ireland
Genres Hard rock, alternative rock
Years active 2005[1] - present
Labels West Pole Music
Members Rob Hope
Yvonne Conaty
Brendan O'Gorman
Daragh O'Loughlain
Past members Chris Griffis (2009-2010)
Senakah guitarist Brendan O'Gorman performing at the Whisky a Go Go

Senakah (formerly Seneca) are an Indie/alternative rock band from Limerick, Ireland.[2] Their debut album, Sweeter than Bourbon, produced the single "Clarity", which broke into the Ireland Top 20.[3] Senakah's 2008 American debut was met with positive reviews, and spawned a North American tour in 2008. In 2009 the band spent three months in the United States before embarking on the European leg of their tour.[4]


Senakah incorporates heavy guitar influence along with harmonic vocals and stringed instruments such as the cello and viola. Lead singer Rob Hope has been compared to "Eddie Vedder on his best day."[5]

Sweeter than Bourbon, the debut studio album from the band, deals with Ireland's social issues including domestic violence which is evidenced by the lyrics in their single "Clarity".[6]


Senakah has been met with positive reception in Europe and North America.

The Second Supper described the band's live performance thus: "No song was vestigial, no member’s contribution was unimportant or repetitive. The spectrum-running creed was adhered to, and it paid off big." [7]

The band were originally named 'Seneca',[8] but they reported they had to change their name to 'Senakah' to avoid a trademark conflict.[9]



  1. ^ Fluker, Meryn. "No leprechauns, but plenty of tunes for Limerick-based band". The Daily Iowan. 
  2. ^ Lush, Brian. "Rockwired Interviews Seneca". Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Clarity". Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  4. ^ Jacques, Alan. "Limerick's Seneca phone home from US tour". Limerick Independent News. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  5. ^ Thurlow, Kendra. "CD Shorts Reviewed this week: Animal Collective, Wild-Wood, Seneca, James Morrison.". The Valley Advocate. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  6. ^ Gray, Jordan. ""Seneca" smooth". Argonaut. Retrieved 2009-06-03. [dead link]
  7. ^ Emerson, Brett. "Seneca at the Warehouse". The Second Supper. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  8. ^ AMA Music Agency re name change
  9. ^ Latest news, 9 January 2012

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