Young Musicians Combine the Best of Country, Folk and Trad

4 degrees west

A band hailing from counties Longford and Cavan are taking the music world by storm with their addictive mix of country, folk and trad music.

4 Degrees West is made up of Cavan native and lead singer Bart Nannery, who joins the line-up alongside Edgeworthstown siblings and Fleadh Cheoil regulars Colm (guitar/mandolin/bouzouki), Aishling (fiddle and backing vocals) and Emma O’Reilly (whistles and percussion). Both Colm and Aishling have won titles at the Fleadh in their respective instruments.

“Myself and Colm, we went to school together, we did the Leaving Cert together,” 22-year-old Bart told Midlands Arts and Culture. “On the last day of school we played a song together, ‘High Hopes’ by Kodaline.”

From that performance, which marked the first time Bart had ever sang in front of an audience, the duo continued to play and sing together for a number of years, before being joined in 2015 for a busking competition by Colm’s younger sisters Aishling and Emma. The rest, as they say, is history, and the four-piece have been performing together ever since.

“We went and bought a set of gear – we had to stick at it then,” Bart laughed.

Summer-time is always busy for the group, who have played at festivals and venues throughout Longford, Cavan, Westmeath and Roscommon and alongside artists such as Lisa McHugh, The Hot House Flowers, Cliona Hagan, Patrick Feeney, Aine Cahill, Marty Mone and country superstar Nathan Carter.

Things have quietened down for the moment as Bart and 21-year-old Colm return to college in Limerick and Castlebar respectively, while 18-year-old Emma tackles the Leaving Cert and 16-year-old Aishling settles into Transition Year, but the group continue to gig around the midlands, with their setlist of firm fan favourites and original songs.

When asked if 4 Degrees West were considering a stint in-studio to record their work, Bart concluded; “Definitely. Hopefully in the near future!”

For more information on 4 Degrees West, to find out where they’re playing next or to get in touch, call 085 1602587 or visit their Facebook page.