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Banshees take challenging route for new music video

Although you’d never think to look at it the new music video from folk rockers the Wailin’ Banshees was filmed exclusively on a phone. 

An old Scottish ballad, ‘The Parting Glass’, video was shot completely in Donegal, at locations in Downings, Fahan, Portsalon, Fanad and Bunbeg. Most unusually however, it was all done using an iPhone.
 
The Banshees – Gav Kelly, Eamon ‘Sticks’ Doherty, Sean Gillespie and Shaun McGinley, all from Strabane – have quickly become one of the most popular bands on the local pub circuit.
 
‘The Parting Glass’ follows on from the hugely successful release of their cover of Steve Earle’s classic Copperhead Road.
 
When not blasting out tunes, Banshees frontman Gav Kelly is a professional photographer who runs his own company, Northern Sky. He was behind the video for The Parting Glass, the majority of which was shot on Trá Na Rossan beach in Downings. And to give himself a challenge, Gav shot the whole thing on an iPhone.
 
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as a challenge to myself. It was definitely challenging but hopefully people enjoy it,” the singer added.
 
Outlining why they chose The Parting Glass as their latest single, Gav said, “It’s been a favourite of mine and of Eamon’s for years. I’ve heard a few versions of it and I just thought it might be right for the Banshee treatment.”
 
The Wailin’ Banshees’ version of Copperhead Road racked them up thousands of views online and sent their diary bookings for the summer into overdrive.
 
And while it will continue to be part of their repertoire, they are hoping The Parting Glass will let fans see a different side to their talents.
“Copperhead Road did very well online but we are hoping this is the one that will really kick ass,” said Gav.
 
“We wanted to go for something with a bit more heart because we are usually known as a band who enjoy a bit of craic. We do, but this is different, it’s a bit more emotional.”
 
To listen to the Wailin’ Banshees’ version of The Parting Glass, go to their Facebook page. It is also available to download on iTunes and other music streaming platforms.
 
If you fancy catching the band live they will play Strabane’s Summer Jamm festival tomorrow, June 23.
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