Formed in a festival tent in 2010 Dublin based 4 piece band Raglans launched the same year. Raglans are Stephen Kelly (lead vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin), Ros Horan (bass, backing vocals),
Conn ORunaidh (drums, backing vocals) and Liam Morrow (lead guitar, mandolin, backing vocals).
Raglans blaze a trail of muscular new wave guitars, gritty pop melodies and uplifting indie folk arrangements that hops , skips and jumps with a skill and confidence far beyond their short lifespan and brought them The King Kong Club crown late in 2011, the prize, a recording session with Morrissey’s co- writer/arranger/guitarist Boz Boorer in his Sierra Alta studio
Raglans kick started 2012 in an imperious fashion with the witty, charmingly shot Beatlesque video for “The Man From Glasgow” (filmed by “insanely talented” young Finn Kennan) clocking up thousands of YouTube hits.
Debut EP “Long Live” was the first release on Whelans’ record label launched in Ireland and the UK May 2012. The bands songwriting skills and musical camaraderie shine all over an EP that announces this vibrant, talented band to the world
Raglans followed the release with a video for the lead track of the EP, “Digging Holes” which went viral, adding to the 100,000 views of Raglans through YouTube. Such was the impact of this video that at their live shows large swathes of the audience are seen replicating the moves.