Bennigans Introducing has seen performances by some of the City’s finest bands over the years and Tuesday night past was no different.
The weekly event at Bennigans Bar is hosted by local musician Louis McTeggart and provides a platform for local artists to showcase their material while also giving the music loving public an opportunity to check out new and exciting talent.
The Lavengros took to the stage this week to preview tracks from their forthcoming EP which is due out next month. The band is made up of front man Gareth Borrow on lead vocals, Dave Healy on lead guitar, Emmet Doherty on bass, Jack Kyle on synths and keys and James Healy on drums.
This may have been the first time the guys played their own material in front of a live audience, but it didn’t show.
The genre, a mix of pop and rock, The Lavengros make no apologies for wanting to be part of a popular culture scene and rightly so. With their primary aim being to get the crowd dancing and having a good time the guys blasted out their own upbeat catchy little numbers, tunes that you could easily picture being in the Pop Charts.
The frontman, Gareth Barrow may look familiar to some. At the tender age of 12, Gareth made it to the final twelve in the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s I’d Do Anything BBC talent contest, a competition which searched for Oliver to play in the West End musical.
It was only last year that Gareth successfully became one of the five original members of Louis Walsh’s boyband Hometown.
But now he’s back and with his new band The Lavengros and this time he has the freedom to write his own material.
Still only a young lad, its obvious Gareth has learned from his past experiences in theatre and while in Hometown as he’s a natural in front of the mike.
With a fantastic stage presence and charisma in abundance he is backed by an accomplished group of musicians so there is no reason why the guys can’t go on to achieve great things.
Going by this performance and after hearing songs from the EP for the first time, The Lavengros are definitely one to keep an eye on and yet another local band to get behind as they offer something different to the local music scene.
One thing’s for sure, The Lavengros have a bright future ahead.
You can keep up to date on all the band news via facebook.com/TheLavengros and grab their EP when it hits the digital shelves next month.
Bennigans Introducing at Bennigans Bar. Tuesday 24th November. Photos by Don McLennan