Dundalk band Elephant are the first recipients of a bursary set up in honour of Mayo musician Conor Walsh, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
The bursary in his name has been set up by the Hard Working Class Heroes festival.
Elephant are the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke.
According to their Facebook page Elephant describe their sound as similar to Elliot Smith and Badly Drawn Boy.
"Showcasing a dynamic retelling of the debut album that can get a little to a lot louder than what Elephant listeners might be used to while still retaining the nuance and intimacy of the solo set.
"Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say... Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom.
"Elephant has rightly garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him performances with Martha Wainwright, BC Camplight and slots at most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul and two trips to Dingles Other Voices music trail.
"On the back of his critically lauded debut album “HyperGiant”, Shane is already working on the follow-up, with the first single expected to be released this summer."
At the Hard Working Class Heroes festival this year, all 100 acts on the bill were asked to vote for the act who "most embodies Conor's talent and bravery" and the folk-pop band have been awarded €2,500 towards recording or touring.
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