Sunday 24 February 2019

'They'd rather hear us than Neil Young' - tribute band

Band members of Harvest: A Tribute to Neil Young
Band members of Harvest: A Tribute to Neil Young

Ireland's premier Neil Young Tribute band are coming to Vicar Street this summer.

Eight-piece group Harvest: A Tribute To Neil Young will play the venue on June 3, celebrating the best of the legendary musician.

Lead singer Sean O'Leary said the band formed after he went to see Young perform at an Irish concert in 2008.

"I've been listening to Neil Young for 25 to 30 years," he said.

"My wife and I went to see him in Malahide and I was blown away by the performance. When I walked out, I joked to my wife that I would love to play some of those songs live.

"She said, 'Why don't you?' It went from there."

The band formed later that year and have been together ever since, playing the length and breadth of the country and at festivals including Electric Picnic.


They'll perform Young's Harvest album in its entirety, as well as some of his other hits such as Down by the River and Rockin' in the Free World at Vicar Street.

Sean revealed that the group even have fans who would rather see them in concert than the man himself.

"We get a lot of people who see us all the time. We see a lot of people who come to the gigs and were blown away and are now bringing their mates," he said.

"We can pretty much do anything from Neil's career. We have people say they would rather go to see us than Neil Young because we play all the songs that everyone wants to hear.

"Neil Young doesn't play a lot of those songs any more because he wants to do new stuff. We're trying to put on a good show. I think if anyone had a passing interest in Neil Young, they would be blown away.

Tickets for the Vicar Street gig are available at €25 from ticketmaster.ie

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