Danny Boy


Danny Boy


The Coronas'  Danny O'Reilly

The Coronas' Danny O'Reilly

By David Hennessy

Since their 2007 debut, Heroes and Ghosts, The Coronas have been the Irish band everyone has been talking about. Their second album, Tony Was an Ex-Con beat compositions from both Snow Patrol and U2 to Best Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards. Their latest album, last year’s Closer to You is the band’s first UK release and lead singer Danny O’Reilly told the Irish World that the four piece from Dublin intend to make the very same impact this side of the water.

“Things have been going well in Ireland and we have a mission to emulate that success everywhere else,” explains Danny. “We’ve just moved over here. I’ve been over here a couple of months and the guys are currently taking the move over to London. There seems to be a bit more going on over here with publishing and management and stuff like that so it’s an exciting time for us.”

Does the band’s phenomenal success at home give them confidence to launch their assault on the UK? “It does definitely and it also provides a good foundation for us. Thankfully we’re at the stage in Ireland where we can do the big gigs and make a few bob and that can fund the tours here that I suppose  aren’t really making money yet and that way we can fund ourselves to build it up and continue to grow the following.”

This summer saw The Coronas play some UK festivals such as Bestival and the rise in their status over here has been evident: “Every time we come back it’s been building and building and thankfully this summer, we’ve been lucky enough to get some good radio play and different things happening so it’s great to see that and when you’re doing gigs, see the crowd getting bigger.”

Currently touring Europe, The Coronas will be touring the UK from November 16: “We’re really excited about it. It’s the first long stretch of gigs that we’ve had in a while so it’s great to be back on tour. It seems to happening in Europe for us aswell. We’ve got some great radio and TV in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and countries so it’s an exciting time and it’s great to be able to go back to Ireland and do the big gigs and it gives you that confidence to come back and start from the ground up again at the bottom of a bigger ladder in these other territories. We’ve got a huge gig in December in the O2, it’s the biggest headline show we’ve ever played, and we’re really excited about that so it’s great to go into this tour with that in the back of our minds: ‘When we go home, we’ll have the big show’. For an indie band from Dublin to go from playing Whelan’s two years ago to playing the O2 is just amazing and what we’ve always dreamt of.”

And Danny will not be the only family member onstage that night as sister, Roisin O, the emerging singer interviewed in last week’s Irish World, is also on the bill: “I’m extremely proud of her, blown away by her album. She’s going to open the O2 show for us so she’s going to play in the O2 before me which I’m not really too happy about but what can you do?”

For the full interview buy this week's Irish World



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