We thought it would be both fab agus groovy to take Taken’s triumphant pic as they lay head-to-head on the ground and looked up, windswept and mysterious, into the camera…
And then, hey, we realised that there’s a great big ball of fire up in the sky, and he doesn’t take kindly to anyone looking his way.
Hence the shading of the eyes by Tara, Anastasia, Katie, Kate and Emily, as GG tried to ensure that, beneath their winning mini-certs, we could actually see each of their faces.
On the count of three, everyone downed certs, so we could get that one clear shot. And the five sweet Temple Carrig girls could be blinded for life.
Ah, how very rock’n’roll.
Having entered Greystones’ first-ever Stepping Stones: Battle of The Bands competition with just one week of voting left – and just two days before the live final – Taken still managed to steam ahead on that all-important public vote to nab the much-coveted first prize.
As plans are now put in place for the girls to record some new material with Hive Studios’ own Eoin Whitfield, and have a state-of-the-art live video shoot with the great Robin J. Kavanagh, and a top-of-the-range photo shoot with Pablo Photography, Taken tell us they’re now ready to take it to another level. Fittingly enough.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be reporting on both Taken’s new music, as well as that of Judges Prize winners Feuds, whilst keeping an eye on all the wonderful young artists who put themselves forward for Stepping Stones. You can check out all nine acts right here, the competition having been made possible by the generous funding of Greystones Municipal District Council and Greystones 2020.
In the meantime, we caught up with Taken up at their Temple Carrig school, just after the bell for home and freedom chimed…
And we caught up with the ladies again, two months later, as we finally got around to giving their song, Hope, the full VIP treatment…