The Dublin City Rounders exist to celebrate the beautiful and romantic music of early American ragtime, swing and blues, and to take it to the next level. With a set of original and traditional songs inspired by the Vaudvillian and Tin Pan Alley sounds of 1860 till 1940, The Rounders are breathing new life into many long forgotten classics (and a few new ones) and performing them in glorious 432Hz pitch as was common back then, for a warmer, richer sound. A spirit raising recipe of percussive double bass and sparkling, smooth electric guitar is topped off by Rohan’s and Alex’s tenor and bass vocals, respectively. A ragtime and country blues sound bursting with the culture and imagery of turn of the century America: a world of railroads, romance, rambling and gambling.
The Dublin City Rounders are brothers Rohan and Al Healy. Rohan has made a name for himself as an accomplished solo artist releasing 10 solo albums and performing in Ireland, Australia and across Europe, sharing the stage with David Virgin, Jimmy Willing, Lloyd Cole, Cat Power and more in the process. Alex is known, in the world of Punk and Rockabilly, as Al Quiff; lead singer and upright bass slapper in Psychobilly outfit Quiffs N Coffins.
Since forming in December 2013 the boys have released 4 albums “On Track”, “Dis Am The Dublin City Rounders”, “Decent Folk” and “The Work of Two Men” as well as the live album “BootLeggings”. The Rounders have become possibly Ireland’s most hardworking independent gigging band, notching up over 400 live shows across Ireland and the UK since forming in November 2013. They’re a mainstay of national Irish radio and appeared on national Irish TV as finalists on TG4’s “Busker Abu” in 2015.
They’ve even been invited to perform for the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, at his residence in the Phoenix Park, and have played multiple events held at the US Ambassador’s Residence.
“The Healys’ “rootsy, country-meets-punk, antique blues, vaudevillian thing” perfectly encompasses the bewilderingly numerous threads that make up the cooler end of “country” music” – Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times.
“I love the Dublin City Rounders. It’s like watching Hank William, Bill Monroe, Lux Interior, The Cramps and The Cure all mixed up together down in the Lower East Side, New York. Perfection!” – Fiachna Ó Braonáin, The Hot House Flowers
“…the talented siblings…channel the ghosts of sundry rockabilly and bluegrass heroes” – Daragh Reddin, Metro Herald
“Makes me want to shoot a gun into the roof and drink moonshine from a jam jar!” – Jonny Tennant, Folk Club Organiser, Traditional Arts Collective Member, Multi-instrumentalist
“Bad mood Kryptonite!” – Sarah Dart, KC Peaches Wine Cave Entertainment Co-ordinator, Photographer
“No other band is doing what they’re doing!” – Shane Hennessey, Owner of Dublin Guitar Company, Virtuoso Guitarist
“One of the most entertaining live acts on the Dublin scene!” – Paul Foley, Music Promoter, Owner of Ubangi Stomp Club