Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to Rofi James. I discovered this band while shuffling songs on Youtube and I instantly loved their songs and the voice of the singer.
The sound of Rofi James is very modern with electronic sounds, arpeggiators, keys mixed with traditional instruments.
The slightly hoarse voice adds that something extra to Rofi James’ already very interesting production.
To me personally, their songs reminded me a little bit of Stereophonics.
Really well-made music where the production and the mix are perfectly balanced. The final result is of excellent level.
The songs develop in an intelligent way, growing continuously and entertaining the listeners from start to finish.
A band with clear ideas about their future that offers quality music that will surely appeal to the masses.
Rofi James come from the green Ireland not only with good beer but also with high-level songs.
It began during the days of teenage discos, bad haircuts and chronic debs dresses, somewhere amongst the green fields and traffic lights of Galway city – where an unlikely storm was brewing. Washed ashore by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, a red haired veteran of Inis Mór, (the largest of the Aran Islands), Rónán Ó Flaithearta met Jamie Murray.
They soon took to the cobbled streets of Galway city with a mutual interest in music and in songwriting. The band would later be called ROFI JAMES – a portmanteau of Ronan’s nickname “Rofi-J” and Jamie’s actual name, “James”.
Rofi James soon began to replace the cold concrete of Shop Street with the local stages of Galway city and in doing so, went on to build a name for themselves on the local scene with well received gigs.
Rofi James began to expand from their acoustic roots, never completely forgetting where it all started but also continuosly improving their sound.
Now a trio, including Ronan(Rofi), Jamie (James), and Joseph Flaherty – Rofi James have have been gathering a strong following in the West of Ireland following the success of their debut singles ‘Fool For Your Love’, ‘Open Eyes’ (with Best Single nominations) and follow up singles ‘Reason’ , ‘I Tried’ and ‘Love Shot’.
The band have played several high profile support slots with established acts including Picture This, Wild Youth, Hermitage Green, The Riptide Movement, The Stunning, The Blizzards, Brave Giant, Sean & Conor Price and Ryan Sheridan to name but a few. . They have also co-headlined several festivals including RIVERFEST 2018 alongside Irish band LE GALAXIE and have had several sell out headline shows following their debut appearance at Electric Picnic.
In 2019, Rofi James acquired over 3.4 Million Impacts on Irish Radio and over 126,000 Streams on Spotify with regular airplay on RTÉ 2FM, iRadio, Beat 102103, Red FM and various radio stations nationwide.