Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are really onto something. Having met over a decade ago when members of a thrash metal band in Mexico City and sharing a frustration in the confines of both, the duo moved to Ireland to explore their musical horizons.
In the 10 years or so since, Rodrigo y Gabriela have built a reputation as one of the world's foremost Latin music acts, delivering acoustic rock with a Hispanic accent which has sold more than a million records. In Ireland in 2006, their third, self-titled record beat both the Arctic Monkeys and a resurgent Johnny Cash to the top of the album charts.
The music of 'Rod y Gab' continues to bear witness to their love of metal, giving their 'nuevo flamenco' a rock heartbeat and maintaining a popular appeal, not least with covers of tracks like Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven'. And they like to take on a range of projects.
Into 2011, they collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack for the Johnny Depp blockbuster 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides', which followed earlier landmark projects with Robert Trujillo from Metallica and Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine.
The duo's new album, 'Area 52', is released in January and is another collaboration; this time with a young Cuban orchestra from Havana, known as the C.U.B.A.
The short tour, with support from C.U.B.A., begins in Glasgow at the Academy on Tuesday 21st February, followed by the Ritz in Manchester and finally the O2 Academy in Brixton on 24th February 2012.
We have tickets available now for all dates, priced £20 for Glasgow and £25 for London and Manchester.
Ahead of the UK dates, the duo plays The Olympia in Dublin on 19th February. We will have tickets available for the Ireland show when they go on sale next week.