Paul Walsh brings chart-toppers Royseven to Junction Festival

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

Paul Walsh will make a triumphant return to his home town with his band Royseven today, Wednesday, for two gigs at O’Keeffe’s, Clonmel during the Junction Festival.

The first is an all-ages show at 2pm, followed by a later performance the same night.

The six-piece, Dublin-based band have hardly been off the radio with their number one single ‘We Should Be Lovers’, the soundtrack to the spring and early summer. Its success and that of their second album, ‘You Say, We Say’ has ensured that the band’s feet have hardly touched the ground all year.

“It’s just been manic lately”, says vocalist Paul, who’s originally from Gortmalogue.

A week ago they were in Donegal to headline the second stage at the Sea Sessions. On Friday last the band was at the Tall Ships Festival in Waterford. Then it was back to Donegal on Saturday night.

Paul will leave Clonmel after tonight’s gig for an early morning flight from Dublin to the Slovakian capital Bratislava tomorrow, Thursday, on a one-day visit for sponsors Volkswagen.

It’s back to Dublin on Friday for a promotion for the Oxegen festival. There’s also the possibility of a one-day trip to Germany on Saturday before they appear at Oxegen at Punchestown on Sunday, when they’re on the same bill as Coldplay, Primal Scream and Beyonce.

This whirlwind of activity coincides with the release of their new single ‘Dance’, which Paul describes as a nice alternative/pop follow-up to ‘We Should Be Lovers’.

The song will get an airing at today’s all-ages show, their first in the south east, which follows their school tour of this area in the last couple of months.

He promises that tonight’s show will feature “a nice, long set” encompassing tracks from their latest album and their debut album, ‘The Art of Insincerity’ from 2006.

iTunes now have the latest album, ‘You Say, We Say’ (featuring the singles ‘Killer’, We Should Be Lovers’ and ‘Dance’) at a special price of €5.94 for a limited period only to coincide with Royseven’s appearances at the Junction and Oxegen festivals.

As well as the today’s shows Paul, who cut his musical teeth with local groups including St. Mary’s Musical Society, is also looking forward to meeting family and friends because he hasn’t been home “for ages”.

The band’s hectic, frantic schedule will show no signs of slowing down after the weekend. They’re playing with The Coronas in Marlay Park, Dublin on July 22nd and the following night they’ll support the Kaiser Chiefs in Dublin’s Olympia.

They’ll return to Paul’s home county for the Revive Festival at Thurles Racecourse on Saturday, August 6th before appearing at the Rose of Tralee Festival on August 21st.

They will undertake another school tour in September and later in the year will be heading to mainland Europe including Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as the UK.

In between all of that Paul will be recording a new television show that will be shown on RTE in October. Sing is described as a version of The Lyrics Board for late teens and he will be one of the team captains (along with Emma O’Driscoll) in a show presented by Brian Ormond.

All of this activity will help Royseven sustain and build on the momentum that, in the last number of years, has seen them play sell-out tours, enjoy hit singles and albums, collect a Meteor Award and the Other Voices Viewers Choice Award.

They’ve performed to over 250,000 people at world-renowned concerts and festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Rock AM Ring and Rock IM Park in Germany, Berlin Stars for Free, Oxegen and Marlay Park, as well as touring with Bryan Adams as his support act in Germany and Switzerland; playing World Cup fan festivals and two headline German tours.