The Little Island

by Belfast Bullfighters

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'A number of times in my life I've visited small islands - tiny places where the population all pretty much know each other. They're such unusual places - people will go to great lengths to combat boredom in a closed-in environment like that and so every one I've ever been to, whether it's Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Canada - the craic has been incredible.

I wanted to capture some of the fun that happens on a Friday night when the music starts up, the drinks flow and everyone starts to cut loose. This is definitely one for dancing to....

I've always struggled with writing happy sounding music. For me, it's hard to come up with things that sound upbeat before they start to feel twee, but this entire song just fell out of me very quickly and easily. It's a great feature piece for the phenomenal Dario Cortese (guitar and mandolin) and because we recorded it live in the studio, the band feels really vibrant and energetic.'

'The Little Island' is the first track to be released from the Belfast Bullfighters debut albums 'Belfast Bullfighters Vol I', so for me it's an interesting opener. It's much more fun and compact than some of the other tracks we've recorded, so I'll be interested to see how people connect with it.


released September 21, 2016
Written & Arranged by Dave Marks

DARIO CORTESE - Guitar & Mandolin
DARRAGH MURPHY - Pipes & Whistles
PHIL CRAIG - Accordion
DAVE MARKS - Bass & Percussion


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Belfast Bullfighters London, UK

Blending traditional Irish instruments with contemporary rock, prog and funk stylings, Belfast Bullfighters have created a fresh, exciting take on folk music from the Emerald Isle.

Assembled by Belfast-born composer & multi-instrumentalist Dave Marks the band features an incredible lineup of guest musicians, including Guthrie Govan, Simon McBride, Darby Todd and Darragh Murphy.
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