Mullingar’s band are hosting a free official launch concert on Friday

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The M Fours.

The M Fours are a new group, but the four members have a lot of experience in the local music scene.

Based in Mullingar, they describe their influences as reggae, pop, soul, rock and rockabilly, and their sets suit a variety of musical tastes including Blondie, Janelle Monae, Amy Winehouse, Etta James, Dusty Springfield, No Doubt, The Pretenders , Roxy Music, Imelda Maye, Fleetwood Mac.

The M Fours are: Julie Shaw, vocals; Justin Whelan, bass guitar; John Jackson, drums and vocals; and Al Behan, guitars and vocals, and they’re hosting an official launch on Friday April 8 at The Chambers Mullingar.

“Entry is free for all on the night – we invite everyone to come and listen to the band,” John said.

They will play venues across the country after their launch party and return to Mullingar for a gig at John Daly’s on Friday April 22 and for The Bachelor Festival on Sunday May 1.

The M Fours in their own words

Julie Shaw has extensive live playing experience and is well known in the Mullingar music scene. She has performed with The Blues Band, Mere and Mullingar Egg and Spoon.

She is comfortable covering a wide range of styles and has an impressive vocal range. She has also toured with Relish, The Blizzards and Turn.

Justin Whelan comes from a well known musical family in the Mullingar area and has played with many well known artists over the years.

He is probably best known as a member of international artists, The Marbles, who were signed to ZTT, the home of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and toured with artists such as Ocean Color Scene, The Dandy Warhols, Stiff Little Fingers, The Walls. and The Blizzards.

Justin has also performed with The Aftermath, Mere and The Whiskey River Band,

John Jackson is probably best known for his high intensity drumming with the band Mullingar Raw November, which had chart success in Ireland. He has toured throughout Ireland, the UK, Germany and the Middle East and has also worked in the studio with artists such as The Woodbines, No Bodder, Dave L and the Beats Sans Souci, Daithi Rua, Gavin Walsh Band, The Shadow Merchants.

He has also toured with bands like Power of Dreams, Cactus World News, Stockton’s Wing, The Saw Doctors, Hermitage Green and many more.

Al Behan is the only member of the band who is not from the Mullingar area, and the M Fours are delighted to have secured his services. Al hails from Dublin and has had a career with outfits such as The Rebel Souls, The Trenchtown Experience, Inner City Dogs, The Two Bowsies and most recently The Mutts.

He is a sought-after session musician and brings a wealth of experience to the band. He has now become an Honorary Man of Westmeath.

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