Needless to say, nothing happened for ages. And ages.
Until one day, in a minging rehearsal room in Leatherhead, a few brave souls gathered to see what sort of unholy racket they could make. In time, more lost souls climbed aboard the good ship Lagan, all prepared to sacrifice life and liver to create a sound with its collective feet planted firmly in traditonal Irish music, punk rock, ska and a bit of whatever you fancy. We are The Lagan, the world's first malfunction band. We're probably the best band on the stage, and it's probably our round.
The Lagan's gigs are packed with smiling, merry, sweat- and beer-soaked attendees from every demographic. As of May 2011, we have sold out the Spice of Life in Soho; been embraced warmly by the existing London Celtic Punk scene, sharing stages, t-shirts, stories, songs and pints with BibleCode Sundays, as well as Neck, Smokey Bastard, and Bastards On Parade; we were selected by IN-GB to perform in their St Patrick s Day Parade Battle of the Bands; and on St Patrick s Day 2011 itself, we headlined the infamous indie club night New Slang, a slot usually reserved for bands on the cusp of stardom, to a packed crowd of dancing, singing, jigging revelers.
In late 2011, The Lagan established regular shows at both Waxy O'Connor's London and at Madejski Stadium Craic Bar before and after London Irish rugby games - in true "mal-function band" style, not regular enough to be called "residencies" but regular enough to be, er, regular. But we'll still play your living room if you get a crate of beer in.