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THE PÚCAS

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW THE PÚCAS, WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Fergal: “My love of music started at a young age, group sing-songs at any and all family gatherings, youth choirs, piano and guitar lessons..thanks mam!”

Adam: “I wouldn’t necessarily say I was surrounded by music growing up, I never would have guessed I would have ended up in this industry! I do remember I was always singing to myself as a kid….still do, I think it drives everyone around me nuts!”

Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history.

He’s Fergal, I’m Adam, and we are The Púcas. Fergal is from the West of Ireland of one of the cultural hubs of Ireland (Galway City), and I hail from Waterford, which is the oldest city in Ireland, again rich with music and history. Fergal studied Theatre and Performance at The University of Galway and I trained professionally in Musical Theatre in London at The London studio Centre, so our backgrounds both began in theatre.

What was life like for you before music?

Fergal: “I guess there was no life before music for me, my Mam would play the piano whilst pregnant with me so I was jivin’ from day dot”.

Adam:”I was a bit of a loner really, a bookworm growing up and painfully shy. Before I moved to London to train in Musical theatre I was at University studying psychology and Chinese language. Seems like a lifetime ago.”

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Adam: “Hmm that’s a tough one! I don’t know if I can pin it down to one tune but if I’m honest but seeing the movie musical ‘Chicago’ is what catapulted me into my theatre career.”

Fergal: “Hands down I’d have to say Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”, it’s been a bit of a constant in my life. The first song I learned on guitar, I sang it on national TV here in Ireland as a kid.”

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Honestly, nowhere really. We have literally just released our debut single, “Christmas in Galway’, which we totally didn’t even mean to write – a very happy accident. We are doing this all off our own backs at the moment, no agent, management etc.

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Be professional and BE ON TIME! Be nice and polite to everyone, it costs nothing or as Aretha would say… “r.e.s.p.e.c.t”.

Tell us two truths and a lie about you.

So.. we are members of an award winning Irish male vocal harmony group called “The Four Harps”, we are actually brothers and we are both real cuties :P.

Surprise! We are not actually brothers, but if we had a pound for every time someone thought we were, move over Jeff Besos… it’s actually what we used to fund our track hahah, it was really our folks who helped, thanks mum and dad.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

I think Abba nailed this one, “money, money money”.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?

Aliens are definitely legit, like the universe is so vast.. is that even a conspiracy anymore? Fergal likes to salute magpies.. that’s more superstition – one for sorrow, two for a number one christmas hit!

What was the worst experience on stage?

Fergal: “When your voice just isn’t playing ball that day and you have to just crack on feeling less than 100.”

Adam: “Mine is pretty vivid, I’ll never forget I was singing my 11 o’clock number and I knew my voice that day was really struggling, anyway to no one’s surprise I had the worst vocal crack I think known to man that went on for about 16 counts. I instantly broke out in full body sweats, awful at the time ..hilarious now. I have it on video “

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Fergal: “Adam is a massive softie beneath his hard hard hard exterior”.

Adam: “Fergal is a gushing Taylor Swift fan, any tickets going for The Eras Tour…..his birthday is coming up and momma has no sugar”

What makes you stand out as a band/duo?

We wish we could say our boyish good looks but the weather in Ireland has left us looking a bit worse for wear.. In all seriousness I think our voices work really well together and our eclectic mix of musical influences and our ability to evoke a strong emotional response in our listeners.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

So our debut Christmas single, ”Christmas in Galway” is an Irish Christmas anthem, which blends the heart of Irish traditional music with the classic quintessential Christmas sound. We were just messing on the piano one night and next thing you know we had the song … it happened so organically and we are really proud of it.

What was the recording process like?

Like a dream, we had the absolute pleasure of working with the award winning producer Mark Cahill at his studio in Slane. He is an absolute legend and helped us bring the song to life. We can’t wait to work with him again. The music video was filmed on the same day as recording with Aidan Farrelly (Bad Apple Films) again what a great guy and a joy to work with. 

What was the biggest learning curve of the process?

That the hard work really starts after the song has been recorded, particularly when you don’t have a label or team behind you. It’s been an eye opener.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

NOT AT ALL, we truly believe in the song and it delivers all the elements we wanted it to. It has been a wild ride, amazing but wild. It has all the elements to be a Christmas number 1.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Be kind, laugh a lot, have a few pints along the way, more hugs (it’s scientifically proven to reduce stress) and watch this space.. 

Merry Christmas and Nollaig Shona. Lots of love, The Púcas.

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