The Irish traditional music / hip-hop group Jiggy teamed up with a Polish beatboxer for a pretty interesting session at the Habour Bar in Bray, Co Wicklow.
MIC Bandit, the Polish Beatbox Champion 2013, accompanied the band, made up of Robbie Harris (on bodhrán), Daire Bracken (on fiddle), Éamonn de Barra (on flute) and Seamus Fogarty (on Jew's harp). The results are, as the Irish say, “class.”
Bodhrán player Harris said, “I was walking down Grafton St. and saw this amazing beatboxer MIC Bandit who had just arrived in Ireland from Poland via London. We asked MIC to join us at a Sunday morning session in The Harbour Bar."
Happily, the award-winning film-maker Mia Mullarkey videoed the session at the Habour Bar, voted “The Best Bar in the World” by Lonley Planet in 2010, for Ishka Films.
Jiggy are making quite an impression and have already been tipped for the Whelan’s Festival in Dublin as “Ones to Watch” for 2015. The band will play the Harbour Bar on New Year’s Eve and The Ark, in Temple Bar on February 1 2015.
Here’s another of their hip-hop and Irish trad mash ups which is sure to get your feet tapping.
*Originally published in December 2014.