- 24 Jul 23
Tullamore locals Chasing Abbey debut new single at no. 2 on Irish Home Grown charts.
The Tullamore dance-pop trio Chasing Abbey's new single, 'Oh My Johhny (Banks of the Roses)', has soared to the No.2 spot on the Irish Home Grown chart, and cracked the Top 40 in Official Irish Singles.
With the rise of streaming platforms like Spotify, and the impact of playlists that are developed in the US, the UK and elsewhere, it has become increasingly difficult for Irish artists to get their singles into the Irish Charts. Currently, Chasing Abbey are behind only Dermot Kennedy and Cian Ducrot – with just three Irish artists in the Official Irish Top 40.
Their new track transforms the 18th century folk tune 'Banks of the Roses,' into a club mix without leaving its more traditional elements behind.
Though the presence of a banjo in a dance mix may seem strange to international audiences, Chasing Abbey have found success in Ireland for years helping to pioneer a Trad House sound.
The trio who go by Ro, Bee, and Teddy C, originally formed as part of a local competition after encouragement from their music teacher.
Chasing Abbey self-released their first single, but are now signed with Spinnin Records, a label focused on DJs and dance artists.
Despite the lack of commercial backing, their first single, 'That Good Thing', won the Irish Choice Music Prize Song of the Year award in 2017.
Chasing Abbey's next EP, the Oddessy Project, debuted at number one on the Irish Music Charts in 2019.
Their recent success has brought them to venues across Ireland, from Cork to Kilmanagh, including playing the Longitude festival in 2018, and a sold-out show at the 3Olympia theatre in 2019.