The Mountain Firework Company is an acoustic 5 piece based in Brighton, England. They came together over heartache and wine to create what has been described as “gorgeous folk/alt country pop, with equal parts darkness and cheeky humour ” and “alternative bluegrass with a dark treacle folk centre”.
Whilst knowledgeable and respectful of those genre’s conventions, they refuse to be bound by them. They play all their own material, creating a unique sound that is both fresh and familiar. A sound that, in it’s own small way, is a continuation of the “folk“ process – where the music that left these islands long ago, to eventually become what we loosely term “Americana”, has returned and continues to evolve.
Simultaneously mournful and upbeat, The Mountain Firework Company’s driving and melodic sound comes from an all acoustic string band line up of guitars, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, double bass and drums. Taking the traditional bluegrass line-up in new directions, they incorporate country, folk, bluegrass and Americana within their sound.
Their laconic front man, Irishman Gareth McGahan, spearheads the band. His song writing, his gruff accented singing and his finger style guitar and banjo playing are at the core of its sound. His song writing is by turns sad, dark and witty. It stands with one foot firmly in the folk, country and blues traditions. He writes his songs for bruised hearts and minds, songs which sound both contemporary and traditional. When performed with the vocal harmonies supplied by the remaining band members (every one of whom are exceptional players) the band bristles with energy and vitality.