It’s been a busy year for local two piece Waldorf & Cannon since the release of their debut album ‘Old Dogs New Tricks’ back in January.
The alt folk rock duo, which consist of Philip ‘Wally’ Wallace and Oisin Cannon, have taken in some very tasty sights and played to some incredible audiences in the months which followed their big release.
Speaking about the reaction to their debut album, Wally told us: “Yeah it sold pretty well. We self released it and we've been very fortunate to get plenty of radio plays far and wide from the three singles, plus ‘Rise Up’ was used as the theme for Late License on BBC2.
“It's hard for an original band to keep going these days, radio plays are very important regarding exposure and pocket money.”
Looking back on the year, Wally revealed his standout moment from 2017. “Probably playing three shows at the Electric Picnic this year when Jerry Fish invited us. We had an amazing time, went down really well. Although it nearly killed us too” laughed Wally.
They toured the album far and wide, even managing to help turn Moscow green for St.Patrick’s Day as they appeared in the Green March Contemporary Irish music Festival, an experience they relished.
“Russia was an incredible experience” said Wally. “We're very grateful to have been given the opportunity to play there. We got treated really well and the gigs were rocking”
The guys will be finishing the year with a trip to Dingle this weekend, part of the eir Other Voices Festival. “Yeah Dingle is this weekend, it's gonna be a lot of fun I reckon” said Wally.
“I was down there in October past with Donal Lunny. Touts are jumping in the van with us for the weekend too, we're playing with them In Mike The Pies, Listowel on Friday night. On Saturday morning we're doing two songs that are being videoed for Today FM, then we play two shows at Paul Geaney's at 5.30pm and 12.45am. All systems go.”
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Soon talk moved to the local scene which currently seems to be thriving. “The local scene is good at the mo.” said Wally. “There’s tonnes of fantastic young and emerging talent, hopefully they can fulfil their potential. It's a tough game to crack, we know all about it.
“I’ve seen Touts a number of times now and they just keep getting better and better live. I’m looking forward to their album. Marty McGill and the Nerve Centre music team have been doing a great job in recent years, so much talent being nurtured and coming through there on the Hot House programmes and more.”
Wally agrees that local support for local music is essential for the continued growth of the Derry’s music scene. “It's very important that local bands get local support wherever they may be” said Wally.
“We're very lucky to have the likes of Stephen McCauley on the radio here during the day and his Electric Mainline show. He champions local and unsigned music, a real godsend for the local scene and a total gent too.
“It's hard to get people out to local gigs these days. There's only so many times you can play your hometown.”
So what’s on the horizon for 2018? “Album number 2!” Said Wally. “We've been working away on new songs and we're going to start recording very soon and take it from there.
“We're excited about it. We can play our instruments better now and have been experimenting with different sounds and weird time signatures.
“We'd just like to say again that we're very grateful for the continued support. 2017 was a big year for us with Old Dogs New Tricks coming out, we do pretty much everything ourselves and it's can be hard work and very time consuming.
“We're very thankful that our families are patient with us and believe in what we're doing! We can't wait to get album two out. We're already thinking about the third” laughed Wally. “ Anyhow, Merry Christmas all and a happy new year, PEACE.”
With so many incredible local acts on the scene at the moment, it’s a great opportunity show your support by giving the gift of local music this year. You can get in touch with Waldorf and Cannon to purchase merchandise through their website and also bandcamp.