As fine as a beeswing

The new track from Strabane band, Broken Bandits is approaching 13,000 views on social media, just a fortnight after it was released.

‘Beeswing,’ the Richard Thompson song made famous by Christy Moore, was released by local duo, Chris Sharkey and Stephen O’Doherty (SOD) after their own live performances of the tune received such positive reviews.

Recorded by local producer Wes Devine – who also shot the video – Broken Bandits’ version of the ballad was also picked up and posted by American-based Irish news hub,

“The lyrics are great – it’s a great story,” singer Chris remarked this week.

“There are a few versions of the song but we liked the Christy Moore one. It’s just a great tune.”

Chris and SOD will be more recognisable to music fans as two members of the enduring group, Tokyo Empire. However Broken Bandits, Chris explained, is a side project which allows to them to venture into covers territory.

“Playing covers as Tokyo Empire just didn’t feel right,” Chris continued. “And that’s why Broken Bandits is a good sideline. 
“It allows us to do our own version of songs that we like and maybe even release them.

“We play Beeswing live and it always goes down well. At one point I’d recorded a very rough version on my phone and when friends wanted to hear me sing, I’d sent that onto them. They really liked the song and suggested we release it. And it went from there.

“Thankfully it’s being well received. People are sharing away at it and the reviews have been good; we’re so pleased it’s going well.

“We’re still doing the Tokyo Empire stuff and we’re working on a video for a new track which could be released next month. 

‘So it’s good to have both outlets for the music.”

Chris concluded, “We’d like to say a special word of thanks to Wes for all his hard work, his awesome job on the recording and for doing the video. We’re looking forward to getting back out to record another track. And we’d also like to say thanks to the people of Strabane for all their support over the years and for being so nice about the video.”

To keep abreast of future videos for new tracks and for all their forthcoming gigs, check out Broken Bandits on Facebook.
Beeswing is currently available on all the usual online services including Spotify and iTunes.

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