Although Mal Touhy, lead singer of The Riptide Movement, grew up in Lucan, Dublin, Roscommon actually had a big influence on his early musical life. His parents are Rossies you see, and of course, they frequently had visitors in the capital from their native county.
“Both their families would be into singing and music. A lot of my aunties and uncles, when they’d finished school, they’d be on their way to the UK or America to emmigrate. Before they did, they’d always stop in Dublin and work with my dad for a month or so to build up the money to go,” Mal recalls.