If you’ve ever traveled to the sunny Algarve, in the south of Portugal, you might have had a chance to see the bustling Live Music scene they’ve got going on, with thousands of bars catering to the whopping 22 million tourists who visit it annually.
We caught up with The Guinness Brothers, Colm and Roddy. They have both been playing different genres of music from a very young age, in various bands. Colm has been playing professionally from the age of 16, and Roddy from the age of 18.
Music has taken this duo around the world, having played all over Europe, America and even Asia.
Roddy tells us how the band got started, “Funny story, I met Colm when I was 17, after coming back from the Netherlands, while recording a video with a friend in Old town Albufeira, turns out Colm had a company that needed videographers, and I had a camera. So after a couple of beers and some talking I was hired and working for a company that worked with musicians from all over the world.”
“After a while I became Colm’s “Roadie”, and eventually weaseled my way into playing guitar with him at one of his gigs. He must’ve liked it because we’ve been playing music together ever since”.
When asked about the name of the band, Roddy lets out a chuckle and says “Sagres brother was harder to pronounce!” Colm completes it with “We always felt like family and we both shared a love for a pint of the black stuff. Although Roddy could only handle one or two pints of it when we started playing!”