West Cork pair take centre stage in Brazil


Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

By Fiona Mayers

The Nash Brothers have been making waves in Rio after performing at Miss World in Brazil. Brothers Daniel (25) and Patrick Nash (23) of Clonakilty took to the stage at the televised event last month.

Surrounded by Brazilian beauty queens, the duo performed the classic swing track ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.

The performance, watched by millions of people across Brazil, attracted the attention of a local music PR agency and the band are in talks to do a promotional tour there later this year.

This is the second time in a matter of months that the brothers have landed a major gig in Rio, having performed at the Mister Brazil pageant in May.

“The events were great fun, definitely new surroundings for an Irish Rock n’ Roll Band. We initially played Mister Brazil as an audition type show for The Miss World Brazil Show,” guitarist Daniel Nash said.

“Thankfully they enjoyed our performance and what it brought to event, and decided to invite us back for the Miss competition.”

The pair have been inundated with invitations to perform since making their TV debut and recently supported Brazilian artist Luana Chamarah, runner-up of The Voice Brazil 2013 in a gig at Duke Bar in Consilheiro Lafayette.

Daniel said: “We’ve been offered lots of shows but in different places around Brazil, such as Florianopolis and Minas Gerais. Great news. It just means we have to organise a string of gigs in these cities to make it feasible.”

He described their sound as “guitar-drive, bluesy, rock n’ roll, with a subtle Celtic twist”.

The Nash Brothers are currently recording their debut EP in Rio, supported by some of the country’s most successful musicians. Recording is happening at the legendary studio Biscotto Fino, with two-time Latin Grammy nominee Gabriel Pinheiro producing and mixing.

Singer Patrick Nash said the reception in Brazil has been overwhelming.

“It’s amazing here. People have been so enthusiastic, we are lucky to have the “Gringo” factor and also being Irish help.

“We have been hearing from locals that Brazil has a shortage of Rock and Roll bands that sing in English, so we are looking forward to trying to fill that void in the market.”

The Nash Brothers have been performing in Ireland for a number of years and recently featured on the soundtrack of a surf film released by Pockets Full of Water Productions.

The duo shot their first music video in Norway earlier this year and are hoping their newfound success in Rio will lead to exciting things for the future.

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