Redneck Manifesto announce Dublin gig – November 30 in Vicar Street

It’s always hard to absorb the passage of time. As our hair gets greyer weeks turn into days as months then become weeks, in our minds. Time still flies by at breakneck speed but the absorption of it seems less. If you asked me when the redneck manifesto formed I would have said 10 years or so. And then I would think about it, and remember it couldn’t have been so soon. It just seems that way.

Together since 1998 The Redneck Manifesto were formed initially as a four piece instrumental band with Niall Byrne and Matthew Bolger on guitar, Mervyn Craig behind the drums and Richard Egan on bass guitar. They were our diy underground punk supergroup at the time. Formed from the ashes of Blackbelt Jones, The Waltons, Hylton Weir and Jackbeast/Flexihead we weren’t sure what to expect. No-one was really expecting an instrumental band of such magnitude.

Their sound was perfect for the time, the band seemed ready to fly the dublin underground and diy flag as records and tours were promoted by themselves. The trapping of the music business was not for them. A few years later they were joined by Neil O Connor and Glenn Keating on percussion and keyboards. They’ve toured Europe, The United States and Japan in their time together and released 5 acclaimed albums. Their Dublin shows are quite simply a gathering of friends.


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