New Interview // Keith Fay of Cruachan
A couple of weeks back, I had an interesting chat with Keith Fay of Irish Celtic metal act Cruachan ahead of their one-off gig in the Village. Unfortunately, on my way home I accidentally deleted the entire recording. After spending two hours reconstructing from memory, Keith was nice enough to patiently answer my questions again and between us we managed to get the thing done.
“We’ve played parts of Russia I’d never heard of,” laughs Keith Fay, vocalist and guitarist with Dublin folk-influenced black metal act Cruachan ahead of their headlining gig in the Village on Saturday night, with support from Celtachor.
“As far as I know we are the only Irish band from any genre that regularly tour in Russia. In one place we were the first western band to ever play in the town, and the mayor came to honour us. There were 300 people at the gig and they had Cruachan t-shirts, posters, CDs, everything. They even had these perfect-quality bootlegs!”
So popular are the group in eastern Europe that their biggest headlining show to date – in front of roughly 3,000 people – took place thousands of miles away from home in Moscow. “It was such a brilliant experience to see so many people, in such a faraway place, come to see us.”
Read the full interview at Thumped.
Stream Cruachan’s 2011 album Blood on the Black Robe on Grooveshark.