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Mongoose is a musical melty-pot, combining the vocals, instrument-playing and songwriting of four women - Molly O'Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne.

Their music has been constantly evolving since the release of their debut album in 2015. Owing to diverse writing styles and a broad range of influences, their music invokes rich and dynamic soundscapes, fluctuating from delicate folk to soulful blues to hard-edged indie pop.

The band are celebrated in particular for their tight vocal harmonies and their riveting live performances.

In 2018 Mongoose performed in theatre project 'Woman Undone', a collaboration between singer Mary Coughlan, the Brokentalkers and Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurdsson.

Other recent performances of note include, a double-bill concert with The Ocelots at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in December 2018 and supporting Glen Hansard with Interference in summer 2018, for his Come On Up to the House tour with Footsbarn Theatre Company. 

The band feature in Myles O'Reilly's eponymous documentary about the tour.

 

Mongoose performed tracks from their latest EP ‘Four’ with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as part of Culture Night 2017.

 

They were Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Musicians in Residence for 2017 at the Lexicon Library. 

Their second studio album 'Suck the Wound' was released on May 16th 2019, a darker piece of work than the band’s first album ‘Mongoose’ (2015), both sonically and thematically. Exploring different sounds and textures, this album is prickly and hard to define. The genres of the songs vary widely, from rock, to Latin, to jazz and folk, all tied together by Mongoose’s tight four-part vocal harmonies. As the title suggests, the album is one of struggle and healing.


Few Irish bands carve apart modern folk and put it back together again with so many different layers for the listener to explore in the manner that Mongoose do.” -REMY Music Blog.
 
“Chilling, celestial and effortless - the music of Mongoose resonates deep within the soul.” -Sarah Gill, Hot Press.
 
“[The album] is a charming hodgepodge of colour, sound and vibrancy” -Lauren Murphy, Sunday Times.