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  • 05/29/2017
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Members are John McManus (vocals/guitar), Gary Graham (guitar/vocals), Gerard McHugh (vocals/percussion), Michael McKinney (bass/vocals), Declan McCartan (cello/vocals) and Rory McAuley (drums/vocals) .

Originally coming from a couple of small rural villages in the Glens of Antrim and Belfast runabay are six musicians who through their passion for harmony and melody have been writing and recording since late December 2013.
Runabay are at the forefront of fresh, new music in Northern Ireland, a sound which has undeniably been shaped by the beautiful coastline which surrounds the Glens of Antrim and is felt through the swooping melodies and poignant lyrics. The band produce a mature sound that leaves the listener hanging on the intricate guitar riffs, mellow three part harmonies and haunting cello.

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Gerard McHugh


“Thoughtful, strumming guitar songs that will appeal to fans of José Gonzalez”- Hot Press magazine

“I really like this band” Dan Hegarty (RTE 2FM)

Six musicians, sublime harmonies and a cellist (for good measure) - they're a glowing spark waiting to ignite.” Rigsy (Anchor of BBC 'Across the Line')

“Magnificent”- Stephen McCauley

“The real deal”- Culture Hub NI

“One of my favourite Irish bands”- Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio

runabay -  Set to release new single ‘Lotus’ on 29th May 2017.

This dreamy, lush and harmony drenched offering, entitled ‘Lotus’ will be available in all download stores and streaming platforms from the end of this month (29th May).

Looking to build on the success of their last single ‘You I Know’ (which gained critical acclaim and international radio play on the likes of 6 music, RTE 2FM, Today FM, Amazing Radio and BBC Radio Ulster), Lotus captures wonderfully the ever-evolving journey of this accomplished band.

With shades of early Coldplay, Bon Iver and the Shins, the song builds into a crescendo that is both spine tingling and epic. Throughout the track, sweeping cello melodies and beautifully rich vocal lines delivered by Gary, Gerard and John create a hypnotic and engaging landscape. As the song develops, so too does the instrumentation which leads the song into a drums and bass style ending. This track highlights all that is wonderful about the band and is sure to help Runabay grow their sizeable fan base even further.


Notes to Editor

With humble beginnings, burrowed away in a couple of small villages in the Glens of Antrim, runabay is a six-piece band which has existed since February 2014.  They have been described as alt-folk or indie, but the intricate and adventurous nature of their song writing means they rarely fit into predictable pigeonholes –

as ‘Creative Spotlights’ commented in a recent review, ‘they are so much more than a genre category could ever describe.’

runabay have been featured by the likes of Steve Lamacq (BBC 6music), Tom Robinson (BBC 6music), Ralph McLean (BBC Radio Ulster) and have even found themselves on several influential Spotify playlists. They have gained plenty of accolades including being nominated for ‘Irish single of the year’ in by M Awards in 2015.

The band’s influences include Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Glen Hansard among others, and with radio play and profile rapidly on the rise 2017 promises to be a landmark year for the band.

BAND LINE-UP; John McManus - Vocals/Guitar, Gary Graham Guitar/Vocals, Gerard McHugh - Vocals/Keyboard, Michael McKinney -Bass/Double Bass, Declan McCartan - Cello and Rory McAuley -Drums/Percussion

With the band’s latest single ‘Lotus’ exclusively available to download from here .  Also, available on Soundcloud to stream here .With several shows lined up, starting with Lauren Bird’s Album Launch in McHugh’s Bar this Saturday 13th May, they are very excited about Festival Season starting.

For more info on Runabay, including upcoming live dates, visit

Find runabay on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Spotify.

Upcoming Tour/Festival Dates

13th May – Lauren Bird Album Launch – McHugh’s Bar, Belfast


27th May – Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival – McCuaig’s Bar, Rathlin


9th July – OTB Festival – O’Flaherty’s Bar, Buncrana


19th July – Dalriada Festival – Londonderry Arms, Carnlough

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Suggested Retail Price: £1
Release Format: Single
Release Type: Digital
Country: UK
Distributor: SpinnUp
Record Label: x
Release Title: Lotus
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