The Mountain Firework Company

The Mountain Firework Company

“A bitter sweet country cocktail... on the rocks" The Mountain Firework Company is an acoustic 5 piece based in Brighton, England. Belfast-born frontman Gareth McGahan’s singularly fine song-writing, gruff accented singing, finger-style guitar and banjo playing lie at the core of their sound, described as "gorgeous folk/alt country pop, with equal parts darkness and cheeky humour " and "alternative bluegrass with a dark treacle folk centre"

 “A bitter sweet country cocktail... on the rocks" The Mountain Firework Company is an acoustic 5 piece based in Brighton, England.  Belfast-born frontman Gareth McGahan’s singularly fine song-writing, gruff accented singing, finger-style guitar and banjo playing lie at the core of their sound, described as "gorgeous folk/alt country pop, with equal parts darkness and cheeky humour " and "alternative bluegrass with a dark treacle folk centre"

Fronted by the creative force that is Belfast-born Gareth McGahan, The Mountain Firework Company made their first big impact in 2008, following the release of their debut album.  Compared to everyone from The Waterboys and Dire Straits to Richard Thomson, their second album, Samurai kept the momentum going and very soon they were playing sell-out shows far beyond their home base of Brighton.

It was a show-stopping set at Glastonbury that fully established the five-piece as a force to be reckoned with and by the time the latest album, The Lonesome Losing Blues, was delivered, they were winning widespread praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

Q magazine said: “Irish folk may have informed Americana but few explore the link as well as The Mountain Firework Company.”

With a line up of guitars, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, double bass and nicely-nestled drums ‘n’ brushes, they're a band set-up with a big heart and a pulse as strong as any.

They now have a huge fan base in Scotland where they play sell-out shows every time the make the trip north of the Border and they’ll be kicking off 2014 in style sharing the stage with Imelda May at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket during the city’s Celtic Connections.