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John Blek and The Rats

Coughlans, Douglas St.

Thu 11 Dec 2014
9:00 pm

John Blek and The Rats are a sixpiece folk and country group from cork city whose infectious brand of americana influenced balladry has travelled up and down the roads of ireland the uk and europe kicking up the dust in the dark corners for the last few years. born in the modern day dust bowl that is ireland john blek the rats take inspiration from range of musical styles such as the outlaw country of willie nelson the protest ballads of woody guthrie the 100 mileanhour lyricism of jack keruoac and the melancholic country rock of neil young. despite their musical roots being deeply embedded in the past john blek the rats have a sound that is fresh and modern while also doffing its hat to a gone bye era. the streak of melancholy that runs throughout their music is tempered only by their penchant for footstomping rhythms and contagious choruses a passion for revelry and at times lunacy. In may 2013, John Blek and The Rats released their debut album leave your love at the door receiving positive reviews and featuring on national radio and television .**** irish times ****metro herald 7/10 hot press

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