Jester are Colly Dempsey, Mark O’ Dwyer, Tomas Maher, Niall O’ Shaughnessy and David Fitzpatrick. They have recently signed a publishing deal with UK based independent record label Velvet Moron Records the brainchild of Dave White (Biffy Clyro, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kasabian, etc.) and their debut album is set for release in March 2019 on the label.
2018 has been a great year for the band with appearances at Electric Picnic, Feile Classical, headlining the Feile Beag festival in their home town to a sold out audience as well as opening up for the likes of The Stunning and Aslan for good measure.
The band formed over ten years ago in county Tipperary, Ireland and have had a lot of success over the years playing festivals and club gigs the length and breadth of the country and beyond, sharing the stage with some of the biggest acts in the country and beyond including The Fun Lovin Criminals, The Blizzards and Paul Weller amongst others.
They entered onto the music scene in ’07 when debut single “Maria” charted in the IMRA top 40 Irish Chart. Single no.2, “Scream”, also saw them climb the charts yet again, reaching number 18 in the IRMA Irish Singles chart at a time when the charts actually meant something.
A high point of 2009 for Jester was storming to victory at the prestigious Sea Sessions Irish Unsigned Act Competition in June. The prize ranged from working with the best producers and promoters within the music industry, to recording time in Grouse Lodge.
‘’This Tipp band are tipped to go to the top’’ (Joe.ie)
“Jester know how to take a song on the town & show it a good time” (Hotpress)
‘’An absolute stomper’’ Today FM’s Dermot & Dave on Jester track Sea Saw which was their Homegrown Hero track of the week…
If its big choruses, a wall of sound and lyrics with some depth you’re after you`ve come to the right place. As a band Jester write catchy rock songs with huge choruses that will stay in your head for days on end along with darker thought provoking cinematic moments that transport the listener to another world at times. The general theme of the lyrics by singer Colly hint at darkness in places with a chance of redemption, the happy side of sad. There’s always a light somewhere and it’s never going out.
Jester are the flag carriers in 2018 for those still in love with the notion that music comes from the soul and there`s nobody around that puts on a better live rock and roll show than these boys with the wall of sound the band create cashing the cheques being written by their wordsmith and frontman Colly. They feel there is still a place in the music world for guitar music written by five friends in a shed that’s not in any way manufactured.
With their debut album currently being tidied up with a release being touted for early 2019 on the V.R.M label. Jester have a shed load of anthems on the way. It’s time to rejoice and thank whatever God you believe in because the Irish saviours of rock and roll have just rolled into town.