dark tales of debauchery and trouble swinging from melodies that survive.
Born in Dublin in 2008 I Draw Slow have released their third album to both critical and fan acclaim. An acoustic five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. Brother and sister Dave and Louise Holden have been writing together for two decades beginning with Dublin band Tabularasa. Joined by violinist Adrian Hart , claw hammer banjo player Colin Derham and double bassist Konrad Liddy.
I Draw Slow have managed to create a sound that incorporates elements of alternative-country, Americana, bluegrass, folk and Irish to create a new sound that is rooted in the Appalachian mountains of the eastern United States. Traditionally Appalachian music is derived from various European and African influences. Irish and Scottish traditional music, especially fiddle music, English ballads and religious hymns all contributed to what we now recognise as country and bluegrass. Immigrants from all the celtic nations ended their trek in the Appalachians and with them came the musical traditions of their homes. The most iconic symbol of Appalachian culture, the banjo, was brought to the region by slaves in the 18th century and was soon picked up by local musicians and the transformation had begun.
Debut album ‘Downside’ slipped out relatively unnoticed but it was their 2011 album ‘Redhills’ that garnered them untold awards and plaudits. It was instantly awarded RTE Album Of The Week and by the end of the year they had been signed by the top Bluegrass label in the United States, Pinecastle Records. With the applause came sell out tours of America which has kept them busy until this years ‘White Wave Chapel’. Engineered and mastered by veteran Irish producer Brian Masterson (Planxty, The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Christy Moore) White Wave Chapel has again won them RTE Album Of The Week and garnered amazing reviews from the mainstream Irish press and the worldwide folk and roots scene. The new album expands on the bands characteristic sound and the mix of Americana, bluegrass and traditional Irish music certainly has a lot of appeal. Of course the storytelling style of lyric writing also deserves a mention and is fast becoming the element that I Draw Slow are most well known for.
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Thirteen tracks clocking in at just over forty minutes and the music is quite frankly wonderful. ‘All Souls’ begins the album perfectly and all those wonderful influences combine again on ‘Dont She Run’ one of the albums standout tracks and the rest of the album continues in the same vein with the Bluegrass influence looming large but Irish music still there in the mix. Great vocals and also a great vocalist contribute massively to this albums appeal. I Draw Slow sound like they love and enjoy playing this music and that spills over and infects the listener too. Though this may not appeal too much to the hardest of hardcore celtic punk rockers anyone with only a modicum of interest in the history, the roots and the development of what became celtic-punk (or even celtic-rock) will love this LP as much as I do. An album full of toe-tappers and if you’re a bit more adventurous than me you’ll be swinging your partners around the living room soon as you hit that play button!
UPCOMING GIGS AND STUFF (see the 'WHATS ON' page for more details)
BIBLE CODE SUNDAYS ALBUM LAUNCHSeptember 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:55 pmThe Claddagh Ring, 10 Church Rd, Hendon, London NW4 4EA, UK
DERVISHSeptember 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmIrish Cultural Centre, 5 Black's Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT, UK
THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANGOctober 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 11:00 pmNell's Jazz and Blues, 3 North End Crescent, London W14 8TG, UK
THE POGUE TRADERS 35th ANNIVERSARYOctober 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1X 8BZ, UKOctober 4th 1982 back where it all began!
FEROCIOUS DOGOctober 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Half Moon, 93 Lower Richmond Rd, London SW15 1EU, UK
RETURN TO CAMDENOctober 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm – October 30, 2017 at 11:00 pmweek long Irish traditional folk festival
THE LAGANNovember 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:15 pmThe Fighting Cocks, 56 Old London Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QA, UKWith the Barstool Preachers and more. FREE entry.
DAMIEN QUINNNovember 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmFrostys Bar, 404 Kenton Rd HA3 9DW£5. BBQ from 6.30 Music at 7.30pm. NO admission on the night without a ticket
THE UNDERTONESNovember 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pmKOKO, 1A Camden High St, Kings Cross, London NW1 7JE, UK
FLATFOOT 56 IN KINGSTONNovember 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe Cricketers, 20 Fairfield S, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2UL, UKWith THE LAGAN, MATILDA'S SCOUNDRELS and more.
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