The BibleCode Sundays

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The BibleCode Sundays
Also known as Slainte
Genres Celtic rock
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Website www.biblecodesundays.co.uk
Members Patrick Franklin
Ronan MacManus
Enda Mulloy
Andy Nolan
Kian Chanter
Past members Carlton Hunt (deceased)

The London-based The BibleCode Sundays are a band often described as Celtic rock, folk music or rock music. Their sound uses influences from a mixture of traditional Irish instruments and contemporary rock back line.

History[edit]

Formerly known as "Slainte", they were voted "Best Band on the London Circuit"[1] 2006 in The Irish World awards in their first year as a band.

The band started their recording career under the band name "Slainte" in 2006 with an album of traditional Irish songs. The name of that particular album was BibleCodeSundays (in reference to the Bible code and other drink fueled conspiracy theory conversations regularly held after Sunday gigs) and later to be the name of the band.

The success of their first recording - primarily of cover songs - gave the band confidence to go back to the studio to record original material. Ghosts of our past was recorded in 2007 in Panic studios Park Royal. They signed to the cosmic trigger label in New York whilst on tour there promoting the album, and had several tours to the States afterwards.

Almost directly after the completion of Ghosts of our past, the band returned to the studio to record Boots or no Boots in 2008, the band toured extensively in Europe and the US to promote the album under the 'Scarlet' label

The success of both albums culminated in the band being booked to play many prestigious gigs and events including the Glastonbury festival, Celtic Park in Glasgow to play before Glasgow Celtic F.C. matches and being the guest band on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday Christmas Special, a spoof of the X Factor programme called the Y factor in 2006. The band have also supported the Boston band 'The Dropkick Murphy's' on their homecoming tour in Boston on St. Patrick's day 2009. The band supported Van Morrison & Thin Lizzy at the London Feis in June 2011.

The band are the official band of London Irish Rugby club, with their song "Maybe it's because I'm an Irish Londoner" being an official club song.

In 2011 the band released their EP The Pittsburgh Kid, their first release for over 3 years.

A BCS song "Boys of Queens" was also used as an epilogue in the US TV series Unforgettable.

On 22 November 2013 the band recorded and released their third album New Hazardous Design, and followed up with a covers album entitled Live Near Abbey Road in spring 2014

In 2015 the band twice supported Johnny Rotten's PiL at the o2 indigo arena in London.

In September 2017 the band launched their fourth all original album entitled Walk Like Kings with special guests including Ronan MacManus's half-brother Elvis Costello, Russell Crowe and Matt MacManamon (the Dead 60's & the Specials). Other guests include Lorraine O'Reilly, Elly O'Keeffe, Keelta Higgins on vocals, with Tony Rico Richardson, Brian Kelly and Patrick Cassidy guest musicians. The album is described as an "accidental album" as the band used up a collection of old songs and a number of new to complete the project. Described in style as an eclectic group of songs driven by the different musical tastes within the band.

Tragedy struck the band on November 3, 2017 following the sudden death of drummer Carlton Hunt.[2]

Line up[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Ghosts of our Past - 2006
  • Boots or No Boots - 2007
  • The Pittsburgh Kid EP - 2011
  • New Hazardous Design 2013
  • Live Near Abbey Road 2014
  • Walk Like Kings 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Irish World : Awards". The Irish World. 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Carlton Hunt: Drummer of London Irish band BibleCode Sundays passes away". Irishpost.co.uk. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 

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