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Cork Roots Festival : I Draw Slow (Sold Out)

Coughlan's, Douglas St.

Fri 17 May
7:00 pm

“I Draw Slow are probably Ireland’s best exponents of the fusion of Celtic and American music.” - LONESOME HIGHWAY

I Draw Slow has been consistently redefining acoustic roots music for over ten years. Formed in Dublin Ireland, the award winning five piece is led by siblings and songwriters Dave and Louise Holden, Adrian Hart on fiddle, Colin Derham on claw hammer banjo, Konrad Liddy on double bass. They have been together for 13 years and in that time They have released five critically acclaimed albums. Their last two albums have been released on Compass records in Nashville, one of the leading independent labels in the U.S. Their fourth, “Turn Your face to the Sun” went to number one in the Irish charts. They received a gold disc in 2017 from IMRO for this honour. Their music has been licenced for Film,TV and advertising and has been recorded and covered by other artists.

The band appeared in a major Kerrygold butter commercial which featured one of their songs, Swans.

They are also known for their high production videos featuring actors such as Aidan Gillan (Game of Thrones) and award winning directors Hugh O’Conor and Ronan Fox.

As well as a reputation for fine songwriting, their live shows are a unique and captivating experience with dedicated fans traveling far and wide to see them. They tour internationally and have fully established themselves on the North American acoustic music scene, touring the U.S. and Canada over 35 times since 2013 and playing all the major festivals to their loyal following

Their latest album , “I Draw Slow” was released on Compass Records in September 2022.

Critical acclaim for the new album

“I Draw Slow have created a sound that is very much their own, carrying you away…A life-affirming dark, yet uplifting, sound” - AMERICANA UK

“The album draws you in from the opening track….. I keep playing it over and over” - NO DEPRESSION (OUTSTANDING ROOTS MUSIC RELEASES 2022

General Press

‘Old-time Appalachian roots with an Irish edge; this Dublin five-piece don’t make mistakes.’ The Sunday Times

‘Blending the traditional music of both cultures with a contemporary Americana/Celtic sensibility…I Draw Slow has created seems like a fully natural evolution.’ Bluegrass Today

Spurning cliché and playing with structure, I Draw Slow have created their own identity, their own sound.’ The Irish Times

‘I Draw Slow are one of the most beguiling and singular acts currently on the circuit.‘ The Irish Independent

‘Warm, engaging, beautifully played, great songs.’ Americana UK

‘No band more successfully bridges the gap between Ireland and Nashville than Americana band I Draw Slow.’ Broadway World


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