The Shillaly Brothers Los Angeles Celtic Rock Group

Top Quote Academy Award Contender For Best Original Song "Pop". End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) January 19, 2012 - Celtic rock band The Shillaly Brothers are currently on the Academy Award short list for Best Original Song, "Pop". Featured in the film White Irish Drinkers, as well as the film's trailer, starring Steven Lang, Peter Riegert, and Karen Allen, "Pop" tells the story of the film's two leading males, Brian (Nick Thurston) and Danny Leary (Geoff Wigdor).

    The Shillaly Brothers are an LA-based Indie rock band with a unique sound that blends elements of Celtic, rock, folk, punk and Americana influences. With a lineup featuring a ukulele, accordion, tin whistle, and mandolin/ bouzouki, they are rapidly gaining an audience in the U.S. and abroad. They have been showcased at The Knitting Factory, Hennessey's, Club Five 0 Four, Ireland's 32, The Lighthouse Café. This month "Pop" was showcased at Hollywood's Rock & Reilly's Irish pub (the original Cat Club).

    White Irish Drinkers, written, produced and directed by John Gray, follows Brian (Nick Thurston) and Danny Leary (Geoff Wigdor) in Brooklyn during 1975, who are busy pulling off petty crimes in the hopes of one day leaving their working class neighborhood. Both yearning for the culturally approved 9-to-5 Civil Service jobs and escape from Paddy (Stephen Lang), their abusive father, Danny plans a major heist that will set them free. With Brian in toe, the two plan to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert. As Danny goes forward Brian hangs in the shadows; these two are forced to pull of the heist of a lifetime.

    "Pop", which plays over both the opening and closing credits of the film and is featured in the film's trailer, is a tribute to the kind of father that Brian and Danny Leary never had. Like the film, it's a tale of struggle and redemption, learning how to get back up when you've been knocked down. Voted 8 out of 10 on The Wrap for Oscar contention and over 25,000 views on YouTube by fans worldwide, the Shillaly Brothers are gaining recognition quickly. They are on the Oscars list of 39 songs in contention for Best Original Song for the Academy Awards 2012.

    Band members include John Duffy (lead vocals, mandolin, Celtic bouzouki, tin whistle), and Chad Carrier (guitar, vocals) are veterans of the LA punk and alternative music scenes. Rex Bailey (ukulele, guitar, drums, vocals) has been a session musician and recording engineer in the LA music scene for over 30 years and is generally considered one of the top guitar players in town. Fred Studier (accordion, mandolin, banjo, vocals) is a multi-instrumentalist who brings versatility to the band's sound.

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