In the latest installment of Solid Gold Jams, we’ve asked JANAJ to pick 5 of their favourite songs from the West of Ireland. JANAJ are one of Galway’s youngest bands, but also one of its most critically acclaimed bands. They were recognised at the 2016 Irish Youth Music Awards for their original music and, so, got the chance to record a collective album with IYMA which reached the top 5 in the Irish Collab Charts. Now they are set to release their debut EP with an all-ages show in Monroe’s Live on Thursday April 20th. Before that, they play Citóg in the Róisín Dubh this Wednesday 12th with support from Bob Skeleton and The Gawley Brothers.

Words by JANAJ

 

Tracy Bruen – Time

Every time she plays play it, it gets better. The tune gives you chills.

 

An Raibh Tú ar an gCarraig?

The history is amazing. It’s a code song; the singer asks did you see my love on the rock? If the answer is yes then it’s safe to go to mass and if no they can’t. It’s from the days of Catholic prosecution.

 

The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues

Recorded in Spiddal so I guess it counts! The song is just pure nostalgia.

 

Crude – Octave

it’s not your typical punk song, but that chorus is so catchy, and that bass line is fairly groovy.

 

New Pope – The Claddagh

This song takes you into a dream like state.

 

Check out a taster of JANAJ’s music HERE
Get tickets to their all-ages EP release show on April 20th HERE