Darach O’ Laoire and Andre Antunes began working together as members of Republic of Loose in 2010. Together they have performed in every venue across Ireland as well as touring much of the globe. They share a deep interest and passion for improvisation and the music of the Americas. POVO began as a series of improvisations recorded in Dublin, Ireland towards the end of 2013 between guitarist Darach O’ Laoire and drummer/percussionist Andre Antunes and continued through 2014. 

Andre Antunes is a Brazilian drummer/percussionist. He was born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, where for many the heart of rhythm resides. He began his musical career in the church and the grand Brazilian tradition of carnival. He recorded and toured nationally with many different Brazilian popular artists such as Edu Ribeiro, Cativeiro and Leo Maia. During 6 years spent in Sao Paolo he toured extensively throughout 20 different countries, playing with international acts and several dance companies.The past few years have seen him relocate to Europe and he is now based in Ireland. Since his arrival he has become one of the country’s most prominent drummers both live, working with the renowned Irish group Republic of Loose and a host of others, and in the studio where he has most recently worked with legendary producers Ken Thomas (Queen, David Bowie, Sigur Ros) and Rob Kirwan (U2, Depeche Mode, Ray La Montagne). During his time in Ireland he has also recorded and performed with Hozier, Gavin Friday, Sinead O’ Connor, and Amy Winehouse. 

Guitars, mandolin, kalimba, sampling:- Darach O’ Laoire.

Drums, percussion:- Andre Antunes.

Engineered by Darach O’ Laoire and Andre Antunes.

Mixing engineer:- Kevin Whyte.

Technical assistance:- Joe McGrath at Hellfire studios, Dublin.

Mastering and additional mix engineering:-  G&J Audio, Union City, NJ, USA.

Artwork:- Fernando Gil Guerrero.


1. Luanda (Djavan)

2. Ballad of Lost Souls (O’Laoire/Antunes)

3. Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel)

4. Ponta de Areia (Milton Nascimento)

5. Farka (O’Laoire/Antunes)

6. I loves you Porgy (George&Ira Gershwin)




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