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Tucan’s most recent guise as a 6 to 8 piece ‘big band’ sees their dynamic, textured guitars, moody fat bass and epic, signature stomping drums, complemented by the subtle power and orchestral overtones of their brass and string section.
Their latest album ‘Towers’ showcases their ever-evolving sound with compositions that are cinematic in scope with swelling crescendos offset by layered harmonies and melodies. It was produced by Torsten Kinsella (God is an
Astronaut) at his studio in Wicklow, Ireland.
It’s all a far cry from their earliest inception as a frantic paced guitar duo (D. Gunne & P. Feeney) who after their ‘Aliquot Strings’ album charted upon its release in ’09 enlisted Paul Wehrly to bring his unique virtuoso drumming skills to the live equation. Bass was also added, and after a few faces came and went, the sweet tones and deft ear of Graham Heaney found ownership of this role.
The addition of the Brass section (D. Mc Guiness, K. Foran, D. Molloy, B. Quinn) with its swinging counter melodies and impressive drive perfectly fits the expansive outlook of the group and certainly aids in knocking socks off live audiences. Tucan were also delighted to be able to feature the inimitable styling’s of Austrian violinist extraordinaire, Claudia Schwab on the album, who also features on vocal duties for a couple of tracks.
“As a festival we have seen Tucan evolve and grow over the years into what we believe to be one of the most unique sounding Irish bands out there. Insanely good acoustic instrumentalists, Gunne and Feeney, have relentless energy and expertise. This coupled with
orchestral layers of percussion, epic brass and bass lines provided by a stellar line up of musicians, makes for an unrivalled live show”
Bettine McMahon (Knockanstockan Festival)
"Tucan have reinvented themselves, and created the beautiful 'Towers' album. Like The Gloaming's album earlier this year, they've brought us something distinctly Irish, but not in the conventional sense. Here's an album that will live long in people's hearts and minds, and while doing so marking a point in time; a wonderful time” Dan Hegarty (2fm)
“...the dapper, almost insultingly gifted Tucan deliver a set of original material and some interesting, impressively- executed covers..... Donal Gunne excitably commands proceedings, charisma and flair bounding from every guitar lick and kick of the foot. Where new singles ‘As It Was’ and ‘Riot Now’ prove original peaks, covers and passing homages ranging from Kelly Charles’ house classic ‘You’re No Good To Me’ to Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk’ and ‘Around The World’ makes for an hour of gypsy-tinged, prog-informed flamenco folk.....”
Brian Coney (The Thin Air Blog)
"These guys got melodies out of their guitars that I never thought possible; and the speed was something else. With seamless synchronicity, Donal Gunne and Pearse Feeney created some of the most innovative and emotive acoustic music I’ve ever heard”
Ros Madigan (Golden Plec)
“Tucan came on and wowed the audience.... The guitars unfurled a wealth of original, sampled and layered music. They took what seemed simple enough harmonies, built up the layers, added a few secret ingredients and rolled out the finished product..... The crowd lapped it up, groovin’ all over the field, drawing customers from the nearby bar and Indian massage tepee tent. Tucan wrapped up the night at this end of the site sending out the love ‘til the early hours”
Ciara Sheeran (DublinConcerts.ie)