Stephen ‘Scoops’ Cooper – Lead Vocal, Guitar
Stephen O’Rourke – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Kevin Murphy – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Scoops himself is a Dublin born singer songwriter who was honing his craft for a number of years, gigging relentlessly all over the country. Stephen O’Rourke originally from Waterford Ireland made the move from his home to Dublin in late 2014 to join Scoops and they began to tour as a two-piece playing original music. It was then in early 2016 that Kevin Murphy joined to finalise the line up of Scoops and they began working on their debut EP.
Scoops as a band then spent 6 months building up to their Debut EP release and since then a lot has happened for the Dublin 3 piece. “Scenes of Joy” the Debut EP charted number 2 in the Overall Irish iTunes Album Charts, second only to the chart topping Adele.
They have graced stages all over Ireland, the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Germany included in that their own headline tour of Ireland and Denmark. Not one to rest the band continued packing everything into there first 6 months as a band in 2015 and played a number of Irish University and Institute of Technology headline shows for the students of Ireland. Not only that but they supported and toured with the likes of Walking on Cars, Hudson Taylor, Hermitage Green, The Academic and Keywest.
2016 started with a SOLD OUT Debut EP Launch night in Dublin’s Iconic Whelan’s live venue on Wexford Street. Not only this but Scoops were given the honors of closing out the prestigious “One To Watch 2016” Festival as they returned from their January dates in Denmark, the country where arguably Scoops have had the most success.
With “Best of You” the lead track from the debut EP getting regular radio airplay on many of Irelands major regional stations such as Beat 102-103, Radio Kerry, KFM, Highland Radio, Shannonside Radio, Classic Hits 4FM, Dublin City FM and many more, things really have started to move for the band.
IRISH TOUR DATES
Thursday 24th November – Crane Lane – Cork
Friday 25th November – Luker’s Bar – Shannonbridge, Offaly
Friday 2nd December – McGettigans – Galway
Saturday 3rd December – McGrorys – Culdaff, Inishowen, Donegal
Sunday 4th December – McHughs Bar – Belfast
I haven’t written any reviews for a while now, but after attending The Grand Social in Dublin last Saturday 19th November, I had to put fingers to laptop and inform the world about the phenomenon that is new Irish trio ‘Scoops’. These guys arrived on stage and meant business, you just had to be there. From the first chord to the last beat of the kickdrum pedal, this was serious. Their energy was immediate and present to the very end. These guys were ready, all guns blazing, organised, prepared professionals and you could tell, they were very experienced. I felt so comfortable and welcomed into their soiree of pure rock n roll fun and feeling.