“Dig” (feat. Stephen James Smith) by Runabay – A Song Feature
The credits of Runabay’s album “Between the Lines” divide “Dig” into a spoken-word opening and a hymn-like single. But the two should not be separated. The words and voice of the opening belong to Stephen James Smith, a noted Dublin poet. The song that follows is a soundscape behind a vocal gem.
According to Runabay, “Dig captures a moment in time, and recounts a typical Irish schooling experience full of mischief, truancy, wonder and adventure. The main hook of the track was inspired by the manner in which teachers strived to extract information about misdemeanours. It’s a track filled with nostalgia in a wholly Irish societal setting.”
The members of Runabay are John McManus (vocals/guitar), Gary Graham (guitar/vocals), Gerard McHugh (vocals/percussion/keyboard), Michael McKinney (bass/double bass), Declan McCartan (cello) and Rory McAuley (drums/percussion). Originally coming from small rural villages in the Glens of Antrim and Belfast, Runabay are six musicians who, through their passion for harmony and melody, have been writing and recording since late December 2013.