Nashville, TN -- I Draw Slow and Niall Toner, both musical acts from Ireland, bring their music to America this Fall for a two week tour. Call it the “Irish Acoustic Music Invasion” if you would like to label it or simply call it good music from Ireland teaming up with some of the best bluegrass and acoustic artists in the United States. Each of the Irish acts bring their respective talents in songwriting and musicianship to a Fall Tour that will place them with many great artists in some of America’s top venues. The tour will extend over a several weeks outing that kicks off during the International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass event. The Irish Acoustic Music Invasion culminates for each at different points with I Draw Slow wrapping up at a festival in South Carolina sharing the stage with some of the best in Americana.
I Draw Slow is a five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. Holden siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with Violinist Adrian Hart, Claw hammer banjo player Colin Derham, Double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow. Their sound has been described as Alt-country, folk, roots, old-time, Americana, and bluegrass. The five have created their own sound, rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana. However, this band offers a whole new songbook of stories and melodies. These are dark tales of debauchery and trouble swinging from the kind of well-crafted melodies that survive. Due in large part to the success of their YouTube video hit with Goldmine the band has become a popular in the USA without the benefit of ever touring the country.
The Dublin based acoustic roots band I Draw Slow has been drumming up enthusiastic reviews in Ireland since the release of their top 10 selling second album, Redhills. Irish national broadcaster RTE made Redhills album of the week and Redhills has been welcomed to the playlists of stations across the United States in anticipation of the group’s visit this Fall. Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for Irish/Americana songwriters.
They have been described in the United Kingdom press as “American top league equivalents” destined “to blow the opposition away”, drawing favorable comparisons with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. The band has played to audiences in the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and Belgium and started 2012 with a performance with the Legendary Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and an appearance at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow Scotland. They are now bringing their talent to USA soil and will work alongside artists like The Steeldrivers, The Steelwheels, and Darrell Scott to name a few during their Fall Tour. The band tours in support of Redhills which is their first release on North Carolina based Pinecastle Records.
“It is our hope that folks enjoy the music we perform during our shows in the States,” said Niall Toner. “We are extremely excited that we now have the opportunity to bring our music from Ireland to a larger audience worldwide and hope this may bring about additional touring to the United States and elsewhere as we release new songs this year. It’s going to be a great tour and we are excited to share a 2 day run with The Lonesome River Band. That is a true honor!”
Niall Toner ends his tour performing at the award winning Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series with some of the best in Bluegrass Music. For I Draw Slow this will be their first time performing in the United States. Toner, a seasoned veteran, makes his return for the second time in 2012. The Tour is supported by and Pinecastle Records and Mountain Music Entertainment. Pinecastle is the record label that has signed each band and will be promoting their respective new releases this Fall.
Niall Toner Band is an Irish roots country/bluegrass artist from the Blackstairs Mountain region of Ireland. Toner performs a set of all-original songs and instrumentals, and his unique sound is a rich blend of Traditional Acoustic Country Music and Bluegrass, with a distinctive Celtic twist. Toner has performed live on a regular basis at Festivals, Venues and Arts Centers in Ireland, the United Kingdom and, Europe. He has also toured previously in the USA to incredible acclaim. Niall Toner is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading experts on Bluegrass and American Country Music and Niall's songs have been recorded by many artistes, including Bill Wyman [ Rolling Stones ], The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family, The Fleadh Cowboys, and more. Toner was recognized by the Country Music Association in 2003 for his efforts.
Niall was born in Dublin, Ireland and nurtured an early interest in music by tuning in to Radio Luxemburg and the AFN radio service from Germany. The Saturday night re-broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville was his first exposure to Country music, and when a local school-friend showed up with a collection that included the music of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers, Niall's musical fate was sealed. Niall Toner brings this knowledge of music to a wide audience, both through his live performances with The Niall Toner Band and various workshops, as well as through his radio show, Roots Freeway, which is broadcast on Ireland's national radio station, RTE Radio One. Toner shares the stage with artists like The Boxcars, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, and No Strings Attached while away from I Draw Slow on his portion of the USA Tour. Toner is touring in support of his upcoming Pinecastle release titled Onwards and Upwards.
The band shares two dates with the world famous Lonesome River Band during the Fall Tour . The trio of The Lonesome River Band, Niall Toner, and I Draw Slow take stage on October 2nd in Jonesborough, TN and October 3rd in Asheville, NC. Additional details will be available on each band’s website in the near future.