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January 26, 2015Feature

We gave retro revivalists The Dodgy Few a list of questions and a disposable camera. Below are the results after a recent gig in The Grand Social

There has recently been a revival of certain genres of music in Dublin, with bands like yourselves, Gangs and others spearheading the movement. Why do you think this music is becoming popular again?

We can’t speak for other bands but certainly The Dodgy Few are sick of this X-Factor generation in which wealthy individuals such as Cowell have the power to elevate mainly talentless twats into instant fame and fortune.

What state do you think Dublin’s music scene is in at the moment?

Dublin’s music scene is thriving and this always seems to happen on the back of a recession, what else is there to do? There are currently many young bands in Dublin, such as ourselves, covering many different genres and it is indeed exciting times to see original material being played by young bands at live venues.

I know you are close to Dublin ska fixtures The Bionic Rats, what have you learned from them?

The Bionic Rats have given nothing but helpful advice and encouragement to The Dodgy Few and it has definitely had a positive outcome on our present success.

They too started out as young ska and reggae musicians in Dublin and their advice, contacts and continued support is gratefully appreciated by all of us involved with The Dodgy Few. We’d like to wish them well in 2015.

Your name obviously comes directly from The Foggy Dew, why do you feel such a resonance with that venue?

Our connection to The Foggy Dew simply stems from the support we have found there, as friends first and foremost, but also as musicians. They are a great crowd.

We have spent many a Sunday night there listening and dancing to The Bionic Rats and this is where we were given our first opportunity to play live as a band. Thanks to the management and staff but ultimately The Bionic Rats, thanks again. Some of us spend more time there than other members in the band, ain’t that right Kav?

What do you think is so special about that pub? What gives it it’s magic?

The Foggy Dew has an eclectic bunch of people from all walks of life, musical backgrounds and interests. It’s not unusual to see a heavily tattooed artist talking to a guy in a suit from an office, or a skinhead to a hippy, a mod to a rocker.

It’s hard to put your finger on why it works but it just does. A dodgy Foggy family.

Tell me a little bit about how you formed?

The Dodgy Few formed from the demise of another band that Kav (manager) and Alan Daly (Bass) were involved with, along with Gerry Lane (Guitar). Kav approached Alan with the idea of forming a young ska and reggae influenced band that would work towards a totally original set. Alan showed an enthusiastic interest in the idea and the mission was on.

Next came Ciaran White (Drums), Kav had met him at a Ska night in Sin É on the quays. He joined and we were there. We were delighted to get Gerry back in the fold as he had gone to try other musical interests but he just couldn’t stay away from the craic on the Irish ska scene.

We really struggled to find our vocalist and after a few failed auditions we found our lead singer in Shannon Doyle. Alan had posted an advert on Done Deal and she replied to it. The deal was done.

The next arrival through the studio door was Robbie Collins (Trumpet), he had been a school friend of Ciaran’s and he came in for jam and slotted in nicely, giving the band the brass lift we were looking for. But we still needed more brass.

After a few weeks searching for a sax player Ciaran stumbled across a young busker by the name of Andy Mullan. Andy also came down for a jam and got on well with the rest of the band, and that coupled with our plans for the future signed the deal with Andy. So there you have it, The Dodgy Few.

What musical backgrounds do you all have? What music, besides what you perform, are you into for example?

Our musical backgrounds and influences are so varied that we could be here all day discussing that particular question. But, the band as a collective takes its influence from many areas such as Trojan, Rocksteady, 2 Tone, Reggae and more modern genres such as Drum and Bass etc.

There is a huge Jazz influence on most members of the band and this arguably creeps into our sound too. But fuck it, we’re The Dodgy Few and we want to make our own individual sound.

Where do you see this project going?

All the way to the top!

How do you feel alternative types of music like ska, reggae and rocksteady will continue in a city like Dublin?

 We feel that the time is right for us to bring our message and music to the streets of Dublin and beyond. We especially want to bring a new sound to ska and encourage some young blood into the venues we play.

Our music has relevance to how they are living their lives in 21st century Ireland and as we are becoming a global community we feel the same things apply to most people around the world today. Music with lyrics that have substance and real meaning is something that has been lacking in modern day cheesy pop world.

Check out the band on Facebook, Twitter @thedodgyfew, Soundcloud, and their personal website for all updates and further information on gigs.

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