Richmond Fontaine have met a lot of shady characters; meth freaks, alcoholics, gun-wielding insomniacs. With a wild imagination, these characaters inhabit the songs of the band from Portland, Oregon. The music ranges from unabashed cow-punk to dark alt-country dripping with weepy steel guitar.
An unassuming treasure: quietly affecting songs filled with yearning, questing nostalgia. Touring and recording hasn’t left Rosie much time lately to appear as her comedic alter-ego, Sheila. Entertainment Weekly commented: “Thomas is a moonlighting comic with an earth-angel voice who channels fragile melismas through heartachy tales sketched with acoustic guitars and pianos.”
Seattle-based singer who combines accomplished songwriting with elements of bluegrass and experimental music. A prolific writer and gifted musician, Laura is a musical risk-taker. Her recordings offer a haunting mix of deadpan folk and blues with sparse arrangements and Pacific Northwest flavours.
USA Today’s Brian Mansfield says “Ryan Adams isn’t the only talented alumnus of alternative-country’s deities Whiskeytown.” Her album I’m Staying Out is a superb example of uniquely Southern pop, with rock, country, soul and folk blending smoothly together with Caitlin’s gorgeous vocals serving as the unifying force.
On their first visit to Ireland, please welcome Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, America’s premier specialist rockabilly/hillbilly dance combo, with a hint of doo-wop and that insatiable Fly-Rite swing. With all the flair and authenticity of bands gone by, Big Sandy brings his own buttery smooth vocals, superb songwriting and showmanship to Kilkenny. Big Sandy & his
Renewal and remembrance are hardly new thematic territories for Mark Olson. They’ve been at the core of his songwriting from his first days in the Jayhawks. When he and his spouse/musical partner Victoria Williams relocated to theCalifornia desert a few years ago, the Creekdippers were born. Victoria joins the band on this tour. She has captivated the music
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps raises the musical bar with his singular guitar sound, soulful vocals and lyrics. He delivers music at once both fresh and aged, ensuring him a place among the most accomplished performing songwriters. “Phelps makes the sublime sound effortless…This is music that rings with bittersweet experience.” – Mojo
Jay Farrar is seen as the godfather of alt country – otherwise known as Americana – after he formed Uncle Tupelo in the early 1980s. He has demonstrated an inimitable skill in writing songs that explore the back roads and byways of American music – and then pushing those traditions in bold new directions.
Hot Swing, Hot Jazz, Hot Club! Jools Holland faves, the globe-trotting Hot Club of Cowtown play hot string jazz for the 21st century. The band’s repertoire and style draw from classic western swing as well as the hot violin/guitar jazz of Paris in the 1930s and ’40s. They’re one of the most original groups on the Americana circuit. The
This 7-piece gospel group has been performing together since 1965, travelling the world over as ambassadors of the good news, of the Gospel. They have performed with most of the gospel greats, people like the Rev. James Cleveland, Evangelist Shirley Caesar, the Lorraine Ellison Singers and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.c These guys follow in the classic Gospel
From the ground-breaking roots rock of the Blasters, to a stint as guitar-slinger for LA punk band X, to Grammy award-winning solo albums, Dave Alvin has been there, right at the forefront of roots music. Of his incredible band The Guilty Men, Dave says “Occasionally I make records, but what I do is play live.” We are proud