‘When the musicians – banjo, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar - gather in a circle to play to each other, it’s the real thing’ Hot Press
'I Draw Slow are one of the most beguiling and singular acts currently on the circuit' The Irish Independant
'truly one of the most fulfilling concerts experiences I have had yet..' Bolderbeat Colorado
Dublin roots band I Draw Slow have been consistently honing their craft over the course of the last 11 years. They have been selling out venues in Ireland and releasing their records to critical acclaim. However, they haven’t only focused here in Ireland. It’s been six years since the 5 piece band made their debut US appearance in Nashville, following the #2 Irish chart position of their second album, Redhills. Fifteen tours later, they’ve moved into a dominant position on the American folk music scene, receiving well deserved recognition from some of the biggest festivals in the US. Part of the band’s appeal lies in their live performances, which really showcase the exceptional musicianship of I Draw Slow. The instruments and vocals blend beautifully on stage, giving audiences a sense of intimacy and connection to their performance. Expect to be enthralled alongside an audience that is by turns reverentially quiet and raucously singing along.
2017/18 proved to be their busiest period thus far. Last summer, they signed with Compass Records, one of the most important independent roots labels in the U.S., who also feature Ron Sexsmith, Altan, and the Waifs on their roster . They also released their fourth album, Turn Your Face To The Sun, which was funded entirely through pre-sales to a large, loyal and growing domestic and international fanbase. The album went straight in at #1 in the Irish Independent Album charts! It received excellent reviews, earned them the coveted Record Of The Week spot on RTE Radio One, They completed their 17th North American tour, enjoying regular US radio airplay from coast to coast and inspiring covers of their material by bands across the US. The tour included special sets at The Rockwood Music Hall NYC, High Sierra Music Festival in California and the prestigious Red Wing Music Festival. They were also honoured to be chosen as a 2017 Featured Act at Merlefest, the biggest Roots festival in the US. The music has also brought I Draw Slow to play in some weird and wonderful places – such as deep into the Canadian prairie after a two hour horse-drawn buffalo safari, at the residence of the Irish Ambassador to New York and to an audience of thousands at the iconic Grey Fox Festival playing with a roots collective that featured folk legends Chris Thile, Gerry Douglas and Tim O’Brien.
I Draw Slow have attracted the best of Irish talent to their video production: two of their videos (Swans, Valentine) were directed by Hugh O’Conor (My Left Foot, Three Musketeers, The Bachelor) and Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Love/Hate) starred as their eponymous anti-hero, Valentine. The band assembled the cream of the Irish burlesque scene for their breakthrough video Goldmine. Their videos have received hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits. Check out the video for the lead album track Portion right here, filmed on the beautiful shores of Achill Island in Ireland
‘Gritty as it is beautiful’ Country Music Television (US)
‘exquisite..this Dublin five piece don’t make mistakes’ The Sunday Times
‘a confident and distinctive blend of American bluegrass and Irish sensibility…something special’ The Irish Times
‘what I Draw Slow has created seems like a fully natural evolution’ Bluegrass Today, US
‘Flat out brilliant’ Folk Radio UK
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