THE Propeller Palms are one of the greatest bands to ever come out of Waterford. This isn’t advertising spiel…this is fact. They have performed sold out gigs all over the country and ahead of their latest, very special gig at Central Hall this Friday night, they have a message that they want to get out there. Paul Butler, front man of the Palms and bastion of energy and passion, has travelled up the M7 so many times now that the overwhelming feeling he gets when he travels back down – southbound – has prompted him to write a song – nay – a campaign.
“This is a labour of love,” Paul said. “I was driving home from a gig one night and I pulled over on the M7 and scribbled down the lyrics there and then.” Southbound is a love letter to Waterford from Paul and the Propeller Palms and he believes that it can be used to front a Failte Ireland like campaign to show off our wonderful county. “This is a song for Waterford and I believe that we need a new song – not my lovely horse or something like that – this is an anthem as loud and as proud as the blue and white city itself.”
Not content with writing the music and lyrics for Southbound, Paul has gotten onto anyone that will listen to marry it to a promotional video that will make people stop and take notice. “We have already filmed much of the video with my good friend Colin Shanahan (from this week’s On the Spot) and we believe that we have captured the essence of the song and the essence of the county.”
The Propeller Palms are made up of an impressive array of musical talent – stunning vocalist Susan O’Neill, the prodigious Jamie O’Halloran on guitar, the inimitable Peter Sauvage on drums, the brilliant Adam Nolan on sax and quiet perfection of Michelle Haberlin on piano and violin.
Their gig this Friday night, November 6 in Central Arts is being billed as “An intimate evening with the Propeller Palms.” The venue is perfect for them and the atmosphere promises to be something very special indeed. The gig is a “bring your own bottle” event and tickets are €10 (available on the door). Keep an eye to the Central Arts Facebook page for very special guests for the night to be announced. Let’s all go Southbound!