‘FALLEN LEAVES’ is the second single from RACKHOUSE PILFER’S new album “LOVE AND HAVOC”. It is available on iTunes.
Highlighted by ‘The Ticket’ in The Irish Times as ‘One to Download’, chosen by Hot Press as one of the ‘stand-out tracks’ on their album and just this week Shortlist Magazine (UK’s No. 1 circulated Men’s Magazine) choose the new single ‘FALLEN LEAVES’ as Song of the Day in the magazine, on their website and on Social Media.
‘FALLEN LEAVES’ is a song full of nostalgia, memory & hope. The imagery in the lyrics describes various stages of life and relationships. The simplicity in the lyrics gives it a faery-tale romantic feel.
Rackhouse Pilfer, a 6-piece Stomping Folk & Roots Band treading the water between Americana, Bluegrass, Alt-Country, Irish-Folk, Pop & Rock, have been compared to ‘Mumford & Sons’ and ‘The Band’.
In a short space of time RACKHOUSE PILFER are really making waves. They headline Europe’s two biggest Bluegrass & Appalachian Festivals: La Roche Bluegrass Festival where they were voted ‘Festival Favourites’ and Omagh Bluegrass Festival have also touted them as ‘Festival Favourites’ this year.
Their brilliant show-stopping performances at many of Ireland’s Big festivals, including Sea Sessions, Body & Soul, Headline Omagh Bluegrass Festival, Sligo Live, Headlined Day 2 of Rock’n the Green Festival, Limavady Jazz & blues Festival, Light Colour Sound Festival, Salmon Festival, Ulster-Scots Folk Festival, Sligo Summer Festival, the Fleadh, Headline ‘Jack of Diamonds’ Rhythm & Roots Festival…the list goes on, have affirmed their position as one of the best Festival acts of all time.
They have numerous sell-out shows under their belt in Ireland (incl. Whelans), Nashville TN, France, Switzerland and Italy. This summer they featured on the much coveted Front Cover of ‘Bluegrass Europe Magazine’ and were Finalists in the Hot Press ‘Big Break’ to find the hottest new acts in Ireland. They performed as Special Guests at The President’s Garden Party in Aras this summer. They were Special Guests opening for Imelda May at Sligo Live Festival 2013 and such was their popularity that this year they come back to Sligo Live to headline their own show.
They have appeared on three music specials on TG4 TV and just recently they featured on Fleadh TV in concert broadcast on both TG4 and BBC TV as Special Guests performing at the Fleadh.
They released their album ‘Love and Havoc’ earlier this year to critical acclaim. Recorded in Nashville TN with renowned Producer Brad Jones (worked with Steve Earle amongst others)
Praise for “LOVE AND HAVOC”:
“The 6-piece Pilfers aren’t short of energy and they can play up a storm. This is reflected in the infectious enthusiasm that ripples through their more upbeat songs such as Bright Lights, the slower material, such as Fallen Leaves, is even more impressive.” – The Ticket, The Irish Times
“Stellar Roots Outfit, Superb original songs and a brilliant shit-kicking live band, comparisons with Mumford & Sons have been made. Rollicking tunes guaranteed to have toes tapping and hearts pumping within seconds of exposure. It’s all brilliantly executed and deftly performed with an authenticity that wouldn’t be out of place on the stage of the ‘Grand Ole Opry’.” – Hot Press
“This stomping Sligo outfit have been getting rave reviews for their brand of rootsy Americana and acoustic folk served with a sense of excitement and a high level of musicianship” – Irish Daily Star
“8/10, This album is a breath of fresh air on the Americana scene. They play with all the fire and abandon you tend to expect of Irish or Irish-influenced bands but never slip into easy clichés in their songwriting or tedious “look at my chops” playing. It’s the band’s own songs that truly stand out. the ache of “Fallen Leaves”, the reflective “I’ll Find A Way” with its intense and powerful chorus, the search for love in “Calico Sky”, these and others are intense and emotional pieces that hit you where it matters.“ Americana UK Magazine
“high energy, high pressure, high velocity and a high regard for the music of the high country whether that be the wooded Appalachians or the windswept lonesome plateau of Benbulben. – Irish Music Magazine
“A standout of an album, it will be well in the mix at the year’s end, when the various judging panels sit down to compile their “best of” lists. Yes, it really IS that good.” – FATEA Magazine
“RHP voted Festival Favourites, “Acclaimed by the audience and organization last year, they are back for a not-to-be-missed performance” – La Roche Bluegrass Festival France
In the less than two years since they formed, they have supported Imelda May, Paul Brady, Mundy, Royseven, Beoga, Birds of Chicago (USA), Cabin Collective, Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors, Steve Craddock Band Band (of Ocean Colour Scene). They have shared the stage with Kila, Brian Kennedy, Jack L, Fiachna O’Braonain, Eleanor McEvoy, Republic of Loose, Sandy Kelly, Charlie McGettigan, Lumiere, and Damien Dempsey.
2014 saw RACKHOUSE PILFER jet off to Nashville, Tennessee to record their new album of all original tracks entitled “LOVE AND HAVOC” at Alex the Great studios with producer Brad Jones. Brad has worked with a long list of Pop, Rock and Alternative Country artists including Steve Earl, John Prine, John Hiatt, Josh Rouse and Bobby Bare Jr. “LOVE AND HAVOC” features 12 tracks penned by RACKHOUSE PILFER, most of which feature the stomping uproar you might expect from this band, but there are a few twists to the plot. While in Nashville RACKHOUSE PILFER were invited to play at the legendary Station Inn, Nashville’s most famous traditional Bluegrass venue where over the years the best of the best in this genre have graced its stage. They were also asked to perform on the “Viva Nashvegas” live internet stream music show. At the Station Inn they played to a star studded audience including actress Mary Steenburgen, musical legends, cast members and the production team of the TV show ‘Nashville’. They were invited to perform on stage with an all-star band which included Jeff Hanna (lead singer with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Fred Eltringham (Drummer with Sheyl Crow), Mike Bub (Bass player, Steve Earle Band& Del McCoury Band), Legendary Guitarist Guthrie Trapp and many more. This was followed by an invitation on stage as guests at the Grand Ole Opry by Country Music Legend George Hamilton the IV.
They were invited to perform with John Carter-Cash, son of Johnny Cash as his special guests together with Raelyn Nelson, Granddaughter of Willie Nelson.
Producer Brad Jones invited them to join him at a gig he was playing at 3rd & Lindsley where artists included Maura O’Connell, Mary Gauthier & Kathy Mattea. And they also got to hang out with the Legend Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant, Legendary Pedel Steel Paul Franklin and The Wooten Brothers with Victor Wooten and Roy ‘Futureman’ Wooten.
The legendary Harold Bradley features on two of the tracks from their new album ‘LOVE AND HAVOC’. Harold Bradley, now 88 years old is regarded by many as being the most recorded guitar player in history and played on many hit records with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Jerry Lee Lewis among others. If you’ve ever listened to any of these artists then you have heard Harold Bradley play. Harold was most famous for inventing a style called ‘Tic Tac’ bass guitar and he joined Rackhouse Pilfer at their recording session in Nashville to play his legendary ‘Tic Tac’ guitar on two of the album tracks “Angela” and “Me and a Polar Bear”. Having Harold Bradley record with the band on these two songs was a real honour for Rackhouse Pilfer.
RACKHOUSE PILFER write, record and perform all of their own songs. Some of their influences include Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earl, Ryan Adams and John Hiatt. Their line-up is Leon Mooney – acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals, Willie Kelly – acoustic guitar, drums and vocals, Fiachra Cunningham – fiddle, dobro, and vocals, Mark McGovern – tenor/5 string banjo and vocals, Leslie Jones – Mandolin and vocals and Hugh Feely – double bass and vocals.
“LOVE AND HAVOC” is available in stores and digitally online.