Under Starling an alternative rock band from Waterford, release Purple Heights, written to commemorate those who fought and died during the Irish War of Independence.
Made up of brothers Danny (lead vocalist and guitarist) and Tommy Dunford (drums, vocals) as well as Colin Drummey (bass) and Alex Pollock (keys, guitar and vocals), Under Starling have been recording their debut, self titled album despite Covid restrictions. The band, dedicated to their project, have taken to recording separately in their own homes as they are spread out across Waterford, Limerick and Norway, virtually combining their performances to produce the finished piece.
Purple Heights, written in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Irish War of Independence, was inspired by Danny‘s great-grand-uncle, Pat Keating, who was killed in an event during the War known as the Burgery Ambush. The single, which features Eamonn de Valera’s speech in response to Churchill, is melodic and relaxed, yet patriotic, emotional and inspiring. I recommend checking this release out on Youtube.