Tuesday 23 January 2018

Band realise electric dream through the power of crowd funding

By Esther Hayden

JMA in rehearsals (from left) James Meyler, Anne Meyler, Mick Egan, Keith Devereux and Mick O'Brien.
JMA in rehearsals (from left) James Meyler, Anne Meyler, Mick Egan, Keith Devereux and Mick O'Brien.

Wexford band JMA found a willing audience when they turned to online crowd funding to help them record and release a second album.

'Same God, Different Devil', is the band's first album in more than a decade and follows on from the release of their debut 'Numbers' in 2003.

However, the new album is a marked departure from 'Numbers' as this time around JMA have moved on from the acoustic vibe of their debut and gone electric.

The band's original three members of husband and wife James and Anne Meyler and Mick Egan are joined on the new album by well-known bass player Mick O'Brien, and drummer Keith Devereux.

James is the lead singer while Anne is the backing vocalist. Mick Egan is a noted local songwriter and electric guitarist, with a number of solo releases to his name.

The money for the new JMA album was largely sourced through crowd funding and Anne said they were overwhelmed with the response. 'It took about a month to reach the target of €1,800. We had no hassle reaching it at all and were delighted. We had a couple of big donations and then a lot of €20 and €50 donations.

'We were surprised by how quickly we raised the money. When you start off crowd funding you are worried you won't make the target but we were delighted.'

One of the largest donations was of €350 and the person who donated that will be treated to a full-band electric performance by JMA in a Wexford venue, plus a signed hard copy of the album.

A donation of €150 netted someone an hour long acoustic performance by James, Anne and Mick in a Wexford-based home and a signed hard copy of the album.

'Same God, Different Devil' features 12 songs, all written by Mick Egan. Anne said, 'we've spent the last year in the studio and recording as a band has been challenging and fun in equal measures. The songs themselves have evolved quite a bit over the past year and are now at a stage that we are really quite proud of and we are very excited to be releasing them.

Although JMA have increased in numbers for this album, there is still very much a cosy feel to it. Drummer Keith is the son in law of James and Anne. 'Both myself and James would come from musical families and our daughter Natasha who is married to Keith plays the piano so there's no escaping it!,' said Anne.

She said while most of the material was written recently, one of the songs was penned 25 years ago. However she said that despite this there's a fresh feel to it and it wouldn't have been one of the band's most well known tunes.

The band have also recorded a video for one of the songs, 'Impossible is Nothing'.

JMA launch 'Same God, Different Devil' this Thursday, April 16, at Wexford Arts Centre at 8.30pm.

Wexford People

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