peter james and the torches irish indie rock sligo
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Experience the Sound



Peter James and the Torches are a 4 piece indie rock band from Sligo, Ireland.


The band was formed in 2014 by Peter James (former Katonahs frontman) and John O’Dea (keys).They began to work on a range of original indie rock songs penned by Peter. “Peter James and John” hit the local venues around Co. Sligo as a two piece, brandishing their own style of up tempo melodic songs interspersed with cool retro hits (Rolling Stones, Coldplay, The Doors, Johnny Cash etc)


Since then they have been joined by bassist Dave Rooney from Sligo and drummer Peter Hamilton from Tyrone.


The band have just recorded their debut EP, 'CHANGE OVER AGAIN', recorded at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland.


The band will be launching the EP on Saturday the 28th January at 8pm in The Factory Performance Space, Sligo.


Venues Played


McGarrigles, Swagman, Fureys Bar, Hargadons, Connolly’s, TDs Musibar, Lyon’s Café, Osta Café,

Dunes Bar, Strandhill; Morans, Grange; Harry’s Bar, Rosses Point;





Sligo Live (Arrivals); 2015

Lunasa; 2015

Melting Pot; Co. Donegal, 2016




Peter James Butler hailing from Dublin moved to sligo 8 years ago to set up a new band which turned out to be The Katonahs. 


He is recognised by audiences as a vibrant and engaging performer. This natural ability has been built on his time fronting rock bands and theatre acting around the country. Peter has developed a large repertoire of original songs and is continually adding fresh material drawing influences from 60s and 70's rock and roll, right through to popular current Indie.


"I am looking forward to a successfull 2016 with The Torches."



John O'Dea from Roscommon has played keyboards in a number of bands in the northwest of Ireland. Although his music tastes are ecletic rock and roll remains his main influence. John's enthusiasm for the keys allows him to find the perfect blend of colour and mood essential to completing the band's dynamic sound.


"If music be the food of love... rock on"



Peter James Hamilton originally from County Tyrone is a versatile drummer and percussionist. Peter loves heavy rock and listens to wide variety of music styles.


"I believe in the brotherhood of music, I enjoy playing to the crowd, it really turns me on seeing everyone up dancing and having a good time..."



Bassist Dave Rooney from Sligo joined the band last year. Dave has a wealth of experience from playing in bands around the north west over the last few years. Dave's catchy and rhythmic bass lines gives the songs melody rhythm and a distinctive original sound.


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