The Band

‘The Irlastics’ started life as a Jam Session at local bar L'Anchora, Sant Feliu de Guixols, in the spring of 2014. Playing on the terrace of the bar, situated in the Placa de Mercat, the sessions became popular for musicians and people that came to listen. In 2016 L'ancora closed and the session was moved to Casa Irla. Eventually the "jam" became a show and a band - and other bars and hotels started asking ‘The Irlastics’ to play. The band are known for good music, humour, and a party at every show.

The Irlastics are a "Skiffle" group; a style of music that allows the band to leap around different genres of music, including Folk, Folk/Punk, Blues, Country, Country/Punk, Trad Irish, Folk/Rock, Rockabilly, as well as Skiffle numbers. Songs in the repertoire include The Irlastics versions of other peoples songs, as well as their own compositions. One thing is certain - the style is all theirs!

The band is experienced at playing all sizes of venue, small, large, indoors and outside too, with plenty of audience participation, along with a joyful delivery that is infectious and guaranteed to get everyone on their feet.

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The Name

The band name ‘The Irlastics’ is derived from the name of Josep Irla and the locale, Casa Irla, where the group of local musicians spent much time having jams and practice evenings and went on to form the band.

Josep Irla lived in Sant Feliu de Guixols with his parents who ran the locale in Carrer de l'Algavira. Josep Irla i Bosch; 24 October 1874 – 19 September 1958 was a Catalan businessman and politician, He was a deputy in the Parliament of Catalonia and the Spanish Congress in 1932, as an Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya affiliate. He was also the last President of Parliament of Catalonia at the end of Republican Catalan resistance in the Spanish Civil War, before Francisco Franco abolished the Generalitat of Catalonia. He was elected President of the Parliament of Catalonia on 1 October 1938. In office, Irla pushed for cooperation with the allies, Basque nationalists and other anti-Francoist groups, though excluding the communists. He became the President-in-exile of the Generalitat after Lluís Companys was executed. During his time as President-in-exile, he established a Government in exile, and appointed Josep Tarradellas as Conseller en Cap (Prime Minister). He resigned as President in 1954.

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WTF Is Skiffle Music?

Skiffle is a form of music first heard in the early 1950's from The UK and America. This was the music of the poor, played on homemade and inexpensive musical instruments. Rock and Roll was born from Skiffle and the genre is one of the most important in history.

The origin of the English word “skiffle” which, in the dialect of the South West of England means ”to make a mess of any business”, is attested from 1873. It has been estimated that in the late 1950s, there were 30,000–50,000 skiffle groups in Britain. Sales of guitars grew rapidly, and other musicians were able to perform on improvised bass and percussion in venues such as church halls and cafes and in the flourishing coffee bars of Soho London, without having to aspire to musical perfection or virtuosity. A large number of British musicians began their careers playing skiffle in this period, and some became leading figures in their respective fields. These included leading Northern Irish musician Van Morrison and British blues pioneer Alexis Korner, as well as Ronnie Wood, Alex Harvey and Mick Jagger; folk musicians; Martin Carthy, John Renbourn and Ashley Hutchings; rock musicians Roger Daltrey,Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Robin Trower and David Gilmour; and popular beat-music successes Graham Nash and Allan Clarke of the Hollies. Most notably, the Beatles developed from John Lennon's skiffle group “The Quarrymen”. Similarly, the Bee Gees developed from Barry Gibb's skiffle group “The Rattlesnakes”.

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