Formed in 2011 by Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums), The Strypes are a 4-piece rhythm and blues band hailing from Co. Cavan, Ireland. Their blues repertoire is inspired by the songbooks of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Slim Harpo and more, and the passion and venom of British blues groups such as Dr. Feelgood, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and The Animals.

Having spent the last two years launching their explosive R&B assault on clubs and festivals across Ireland, the UK, Europe, Japan and the US, the Strypes recently completed their most extensive Irish tour to date. This caps the second year of the band’s stratospheric upward trajectory, which saw them conquer SXSW 2014 with rave reviews from Rolling Stone and the New York Times; clock in a block rocking appearance on David Letterman; head to Japan to play their second sold out tour; capped off by a main stage show at Fuji Rocks; before coming home to kick-start the biggest Electric Picnic yet.

With over 2 million followers on Soundcloud and having already been met with critical acclaim from greats such as Jeff Beck and Paul Weller and been tipped by NME as the No.1 new band to watch, it seems things can only get better for The Strypes.

With wailing harmonica and guitar parts that bite too hard to call “licks,” these four Irish teens rip into old blues, rock and R&B not because they want to recreate history but because they want to make it.
— Rolling Stone