“Force of nature”
- full of energy, unstoppable, unforgettable. In short, to be reckoned with.
Formed in 2014 in Cork, Ireland, The Alkove blend rock, pop, blues, and soul to create truly original music.
Eddie Kelly – vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion
Jeanne Plouchart – Keyboards, backing vocals
Andrew Kiely – guitar, backing vocals
Keith Drummond – Bass, backing vocals
John O'Connor – Drums
Alan Kiely - guitar
The band has released three EPs, two singles, and one album:
Now Or Never (EP); Backdoor Blues (EP);
This Ain’t Me (EP) + “This Ain’t Me” (single),
"Take It All" (single) and "Bubble" (Album)
(All available on iTunes /Spotify /GooglePlay /Souncloud /gigs)
The band also released the title track from “This Ain’t Me”, with an accompanying video (see here), to fantastic reviews. Ireland's National broadcaster RTE selected the song to close out their Hurling League Final TV program in spring 2016.
“Love the video, great song, Great guitar riff!” Christy Dignam (Aslan)
The band has toured extensively, playing venues such as Kavanaghs in Portlaoise, Monroe's of Galway, Courtney’s in Killarney, The Soundhouse Dublin (Garageland Sessions), Kilkenny and most Cork venues such as headline slots in the Crane Lane.
In 2018 The Alkove supported Aslan on the Cork leg of their “Feel No Shame” tour, playing at Corks Opera House.
The Alkove also supported Christy Dignam and Joe Jewell of Aslan in 2016 & 2017 at concerts raising funds for Indian children charity Flame Of Hope. The band was a special non-redheaded guest at the Annual Redhead Convention, a festival that included Mary Coughlan. The Alkove also headlined their night in Sober Lane as part of the 2015 ‘96/1 Festival’ held in Cork, where 96 bands from across the country played over one day at venues across the city, and also headlined on the main stage at the Liverpool FC Legends day in Carrigaline.
The band’s music gets regular play on radio including REDFM, Highland Radio, TippFM, CUHFM. The Alkove have appeared live on Highland Radio, Ireland’s biggest local radio station, and also CRY FM, giving one hour interviews while playing some live tracks in the studio, creating at the time CRYFMs biggest ever listenership figure. Links to podcasts of these are available in the “News” section of our website.
“A force of nature!”
Paul Fennelly, (Sultans of Ping)
"These guys have a great sound with great original songs, watch this space!”
Cork’s 96fm’s Rob Allen
“When you hear them, you’ll find yourself powerfully affected by a band that’s about to go ballistic here”
Frank Hanover, Douglas Post, 2015