Just imagine been back in your favourite bar with your Army of Friends using music to forget your troubles and putting the world to rights, it just feels so right that you don’t want to go home.
Recently Marty was searching through hard drives for some old song files and rediscovered ‘Rice’s Army’, a classic mashup of a few very well know Irish Songs mixed with some of Marty’s own lyrics and music.
Back in 2009 Marty only at the beginning of his recording career originally recorded this song using basic equipment and very few microphones for the enjoyment of his Army of Friends in Rice’s Bar – flashforward to 2022 and Marty now well acquainted with recording his own music joined back up with his old bandmates Brendan McCourt and Ashling Hughes and gives this song the little TLC it deserves.
Gigging all over Ireland with his band Marty seen many pubs and bars but it was when he got close to home to Ballybay with his own Army of Friends the magic always seemed to happen in Ciaran Rice’s Bar.
I think each and everyone of us can associate with this song and remember that place that felt like home and friends you will never forget.
Sadly Ciaran Rice Passed away in Feb 2010, so when Marty rediscovered this song he thought it would be a lovely tribute to mark 12 years since Ciaran Passed and let his fans near and far hear the story of Rice’s Bar.