Lonesome George have emerged from Belfast’s session scene with an exciting fusion of traditional tunes and contemporary song writing that lends an immediacy to their sound that is rare to find.
At the heart of the band is the song writing duo of Joe Campbell-McArdle and Myles McCormack, two old friends who approached traditional music at the same time and have learned alongside one another.
They are joined by Stephen Loughran, a celebrated flute player and Dermot Moynagh, whose contemporary style on the bodhran has become the heartbeat of the sound of Belfast.
Lonesome George was the last of his species; a Pinta island (one of the Galapagos island's off the coast of Ecuador) tortoise. He was famous for being one of the rarest creatures in the world; and as such was a symbol for many environmental conservationists.
No-one was quite sure what age he was, and this timelessness was of course amplified by his species; the tortoise has been around since the time of the dinosaurs.
This meeting of old and new worlds is also a metaphor for what the band have created; drawing on the ancient traditions of Ireland and combining them with modern influences and analysis.
This gentle vegetarian giant has been the poster boy for the band, as they espouse the values of environmentalism and soundness!