Americana/Alt-country Artists Coming to Ireland March/April/May/June 2014

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Spring is in the air and a few international artists seem to be gigging about the world. A few are coming to Ireland so I have helpfully highlighted some below that might be worth seeing over the next few months. I hope this list is helpful. Print out and store in your wallet/handbag/manbag for occasional browsing over the next few weeks! Apologies to international readers for being so Ireland-centric but you might come across some artists here you might not have heard before.

Simone Felice 
Where: Kilkenny, Roscrea, Dublin
When: March 27th – 29th 
Probably best known as one-third of the Felice Brothers, Simone has just released his second solo album “Strangers”. The first single is the track Molly-O, a lively, enjoyable piece of pop americana. You can download the song for free through his label’s Soundcloud page. Incidentally, the Felice Brothers band return to Ireland to play Whelans on June 12th.

Peter Mulvey 
Where: Wexford, Kildare, Belfast, Ballybofey, Dublin, Ballymore Eustace
When: March 19th-24th 
Peter Mulvey is a name you may or may not be aware of. He is a Boston based folk artist. He has been releasing music since the 1980’s so has a strong back catalogue. However he says his new album “Silver Ladder” is his best yet. It was funded by a very well supported Kickstarter campaign. He is prominent for cycling between a lot of his gigs when we was touring in the US previously. How he will find the roads here, I’m not quite sure.

Rosanne Cash 
Where: Vicar Street, Dublin
When: April 27th
She doesn’t appear in Ireland too often so this might be a good opportunity to see her live. Her newest release “The River & The Thread” is powerful aggressive collection of songs. It’s been receiving a lot of very positive reviews across the water so it seems an opportune time to catch her live.

Hiss Golden Messenger 
Where: Whelans, Dublin
  When: May 15th
He featured in my favourite sings of 2013 and the album “Haw” was also one of my favourites of last year. How he is live,I don’t know. The above live version of his song “Red Rose Nantahala” should give you an idea. it is however, a gig that I am very much looking forward to.

Amanda Shires 
Where: Cork, Ballybofey, Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Dublin
When: May 27th- June 1st
Amanda Shires is sadly, probably best known here as the wife of Jason Isbell. However she is a great artist in her own right. She toured here last year as support for her husband when he gigged here last November. She is back in Ireland in support of her new album “Down Fell The Doves”. This is her second release after the 2011 début; “Carrying Lightening”. For a artist that is a fiddle player by trade, you would not expect the upbeat, rocky tracks that feature on this album like “Devastate”. Well worth catching live.

Angel Olsen 
Where: Dublin, Cork, Belfast
When: June 6th- 8th
I mentioned her previously on a Facebook post. I though I should mention her again because this album is really growing on me. “Burn Your Fires For No Witness” has a simmering raw edge about it that grabs you and doesn’t let go. The gig in Cork is being hosted by the G-Man blog in the Triskel Christchurch. Sound like it could make for a great atmosphere.

The Delines 
Where: Whelans, Dublin
When: 4th June
Made up of members of The Decemberists, Richmond Fontane, The Damnations, and The Minus 5, the Delines feels a little bit like a supergroup of sorts. Their début album “Colfax” is due to be released in Ireland at the end of April. The track above will give some idea of their sound. Real soulful americana.

And a few others….
Kurt Vile is playing his psychedelia americana in Dublin and Cork from April 7th-9th…British folk artists Steeleye Span are celebrating 45 years together and are playing Vicar Street on May 21st….Bluesy country artist Thad Beckman will be playing Dublin and in April (3rd & 5th). He is also giving a guitar master-class at the Workman’s club in Dublin before his Dublin gig……Tony Joe White brings his southern blues to Dublin and Westport at the end of June….A Louisiana supergroup The Revelers bring their retro 50’s swamp pop to Whelans on 30th March…Kilkenny Roots Festival is also on with a host of international artists. I will be previewing that separately soon.

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