Civilian-Formed In Early 2008, with the original line up of Nelly Harte, Nelly Murphy and Shaun Dowling. Writing, gigging all over the east and midlands of Ireland and getting their name out, winning competitions, recording and otherwise rocking out.
The original line up as bolstered with the addition of lead guitarist Michael Sinnott in early 2009 and things kept getting better. Enjoying local radio play and gigging the local circuit to promote the new Demo recorded with Joe Cleere of Fretless Records, which is avalible for free if you get into contact with the band.
Civilian play gigs and venues big and small for any occasion but are eager not to be branded as 'just another cover band'. Writing for a new album is nearly complete and they just want their music to be heard and appreciated.
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Eigse Festival Write Up:
"With the funkiest rock around Civilian stand somewhere between the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones. This energetic four piece can only be decribed as the kite of potential just waiting for the right gust of wind to take them to unbelievable heights. Don't miss this opportunity to see them in their home town because any day now you may well find them flying with the big boys"
Nelly is 18 and has been gigging since 2006 in his first band "Against the Pain". After the band ended he met with Niall who played in 2 carlow bands called "Black Tie Affair" and "Sinnin' Saints".
Michael Sinnott-Lead Guitar
Michael is 17 and from Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow. He has been playing guitar for 4 years, and has been gigging since 2007 with his first band "Tastes Like Purple"
After TLP's Breakup in late 2008, he was recruited by Civilian to give a fuller sound and allow Nelly to focus more on his singing and less on his guitar playing.
His major influnces include Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Neil Young, The Doors and The Beatles.
Niall is 18 years of age and is from Carlow Town. He has been gigging since 2005 in bands such as Black Tie Affair and Sinnin' Saints.
He is influenced by Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, The Foo Fighters and the legendry Bootsy Collins.
His past bands include Sinnin' Saints. His main inspirations are Travis Barker, Taylor Hawkins, Roger Taylor, Daniel Adair and Dave Grohl. His favourite bands are Foo Fighters, Queen, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182, +44, Metallica, Muse.
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