Runabay Return With New Track, ‘Woodpecker’

Runabay - Woodpecker

Regular readers will know that we cover a lot of Irish artists – and for good reason. The Emerald Isle is known for its great music, and one band we’ve written about a few times are Northern Irish six piece, Runabay.

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from the band out of the Glens of Antrim, but we’re glad to have them back, and latest track, ‘Woodpecker’, out on 5 September, has a slightly more mature sound, but nonetheless continues with the rich folky rock (if there is such a thing) we’ve come to know and love from them.

Accompanied by a video featuring what appears to be a midsummer’s eve gathering of friends in the woods, it’s a laidback guitar led song, with the glorious harmonies they’re known for ringing in our ears long after the song is through.

We really like it, and we’re happy to say we’ve got the video here for you to check out:

Runabay - Woodpecker

In speaking with Chord Blossom recently, Runabay said of their new music,

We have spent the last 8 or 9 months focusing primarily on writing and recording new material. We wanted to dedicate as much time as possible to creating a set that would work well and reflect our evolving sound. I think the new tracks will have more of an edge to them than previous material. This wasn’t necessarily intentional, but an organic process.

We felt Declan Legge was the right person for us to work with, to help us realise the vision we have for the new tracks. The first song we are releasing is entitled ‘Woodpecker’. The song tells a story and documents a journey…we hope that comes across in the lyrics. It works really well as a live song with its prominent and pounding beat, which made it an obvious single from our perspective.

We’re hoping to catch up with Runabay in the next few weeks to see what else they have on offer, but if it’s anything like ‘Woodpecker’ then we know we – and you readers – will be in for a treat.

‘Woodpecker’ is out this Monday, September 5, and can be preordered from Amazon. Check out Runabay online on their official website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud. You can stream Runabay’s music on Spotify, and download it from their Bandcamp store, iTunes, and Amazon.

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Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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