Strange Brew was originally set up as a club night in Galway’s Roisin Dubh in 2002. It has grown into an artist management, booking agent and record label.
Gugai goes through the evolution of Strange Brew, promoting new bands and the importance of streaming to indie musicians.
Artists Junior Brother and Paddy Hanna both speak to me backstage before a gig to discuss making a living as an independent artist in Ireland, singing in your own accent and Paddy’s ‘Hail Mary’ when contacting Gugai about releasing his album.
Music from Strange Brew artists Junior Brother, Paddy Hanna, Daithi and Elaine Mai is played throughout the episode.