The Winding Stair
|The Winding Stair|
|Genres||Irish folk, folk noir|
|Instruments||violin, cello, guitar, vocals, bodhrán|
|Members||Clare Galway, Tom Hughes, CT|
|Past members||Mary O'Halloran|
The Winding Stair is a musical group from Belfast, Northern Ireland which first played publicly in 2005. The band describe their music as folk noir. Their name is associated with the poetry of W.B. Yeats.
Clare Galway on violin and vocals, Tom Hughes on cello and bodhrán and CT on guitar. Former vocalist Mary O'Halloran left the band amicably in 2008.
The band have played extensively in Ireland since 2005. This has included prestigious support slots such as Martha Wainwright in Lisburn on 13 August 2007. They were also invited to play the Glastonbury Festival, appearing third on the bill at the acoustic stage on 23 June 2007. That night they shared the stage with KT Tunstall among others.
TV and radio
The band were invited to perform for the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. They were asked to perform The Mountains of Mourne, originally written by Percy French, for a feature on discussions surrounding the Mourne Mountains' proposed status as a national park. This was broadcast on 29 August 2007.
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