"Music is another of Ireland's great exports and de Staic is a master fiddler, not only playing a vast repertoire of Irish tunes but a range of Italian, Greek and Gypsy music as well."
Barry Lenny, Glam Adelaide Arts Editor
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Born in Galway City, Aindrias primarily grew up in the West of Ireland. But, by his teenage years, the globe-roving youth would be as familiar with the nearby Mayo Gaeltacht as he would with the Spanish speaking Mission district of San Francisco. From Hobo to Boho via Soho, this multilingual traveling entertainer has delighted audiences around the world with his unique humour, lively storytelling and captivating music.
Originators of Gyp-Hop (Gaelic gypsy hip-hop!), Aindrias and his band, The Latchikós, deliver a sound heavy with wild fiddle playing, driving Gaelic beats and comical lyrics, combined to give new sound in the colourful tapestry of World music.
They regularly perform at major festivals and popular music venues. During 2015, The Latchikós brought their dance music pandemonium to multiple stages at the Electric Picnic, the Body & Soul and the Tuam Trad Festivals, rounding out the year with shows in Dublin, Galway, several appearances during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo and the Quicksilver World Surfing Championships in Hossegor, France.
In 2014, Aindrias and The Latchikós played large events countrywide, including the Body & Soul Festival, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo, a Night Circus Extravaganza in Salthill, the Tuam Trad Festival and the Electric Picnic - a performance which was featured on the Irish television cultural and artistic entertainment programme, "Imeall."
Earlier that year, The Latchikós took their rare and witty combination of sham-poetry, blues harmonica, and gypsy violin to eastern Australia, delivering a legendary New Year’s Eve performance at Woodford Folk Festival, plus shows at the Illawarra Folk Festival, Sydney and Melbourne. They also launched their hit single song, "Off to Bondi Junction," with a packed St. Patrick's Day season tour of Sydney, Bondi Beach, Melbourne and a guest appearance with Damien Dempsey. "Off to Bondi Junction" first became a popular YouTube hit, showing a humorous contrast between the wet west of Ireland and sunny Sydney beaches. The song reached No. 2 in Ireland's folk music charts as the band appeared on several television and radio shows, including SKY TV's "Up for the Match" and the first ever broadcast of TG4's "Roisin" which focused on Australian immigration.
Starting out as a busking band in Galway City, The Latchikós gained international popularity in 2013 after supporting the Saw Doctors on their US tour. Following their selection for the Folk Alliance showcase in Toronto, The Latchikós exploded onto the national and international festival circuit; appearing at Glastonbury, the Main Stage at Body & Soul, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Halifax International Busker Festival, playing alongside 'The Waterboys' at The Vancouver Folk Festival and lastly returning to Ireland for the 10th anniversary of The Electric Picnic.
Over his career, Aindrias has collaborated on many musical projects. In 2015, he co-wrote and appeared as front man in the Rolling Tav Revue's wildly popular YouTube and chart hit protest song, "No Privatisation - Irish Water, Irish Nation," which they performed in front of a massive crowd in Dublin at the December 2014 Irish Water protest.
"A demented Trad trio whipping an already frothing crowd into a frenzy ... highlight of the festival ... The Latchikós had steam coming off bald men’s heads."
- Mark Graham, The Irish Times
"... We just love their energy ... their repertoire includes political songs, spoken word and some of the best damn fiddling on the planet from actor, musician and storyteller Aindrias de Staic ..."
- Francois Marchand, The Vancouver Sun