Mules & Men take a different approach to bluegrass music with original song-writing lauding the less celebrated parts of Ireland’s rural landscape and lifestyle.
“There aren’t enough songs about Roscommon’s grittier side”, said banjo player and vocalistLuke Coffey. “We all know about Folsom Prison, but about Castlerea Prison?”
John Keavney packs a cautionary tale into its two-minute running time.
A carpenter from Strokestown who becomes victim to an economic recession, John Keavney funds his wayward lifestyle by selling land that was in his family for generations. John Keavney ends up paying the price, losing everything he holds dear. Be careful kids!
Mules & Men have also released two other songs from the upcoming album to give fans a bit more music to listen to during these currently isolating times.
Bow Lane West Exit is an epic ode to Dublin’s famous Liberties district, a consequence of Dublin native Paddy Cummins’ (Vocals, Mandolin) involvement in the group. “You can talk all you want about Roscommon and the country, but Dublin is where it’s at!”, he explained. The avant-garde approach to improvisation in this track draws certain parallels with another young bluegrass artist, Billy Strings. His broad, spontaneous approach to bluegrass, both harmonically and melodically, is changing the approach of many younger musicians and listeners and gaining a foothold in the wider community.
JD burst on to the music scene in 2015 when his debut track, Love Will Tear Us Apart, topped the Irish rock charts during the marriage equality referendum. His follow up, Imagery, reached number 2. As an actor musician, JD is increasingly recognised for his distinctive vocals and visuals. In 2019 he won the Best Music Video at Brighton Rocks Film Festival for Redeem. The video for latest single JUMP was filmed during a headlining slot at the legendary Dublin Castle Camden.
Stupid Heart has done really well for us, iTunes Top 20, airplay nationally and globally, radio sessions, Single of the Week on loads of Irish stations, and great reviews from the likes of Joe.ie…..where the video was the most views for a new Irish band…!! The total cost of the entire video came to a carry-out used in the filming of the party scene! We had good friends and local premises/shops in Buncrana who were very generous with their time in helping us out.
After a busy summer of gigs, including a headline slot at Vantastival, the band started pre-production on the songs that will become their debut album.
They will soon be releasing the follow-up single “Catch A Wave”, which came out of those sessions, so watch this space!
Donal Corcoran, singer/guitarist of the (mostly) traditional Irish music group, Trada. I’m from Naas and the other group members are from Edinburgh (Neil Gerstenberg on whistles and flutes) and Suffolk (Clare Catchpole on fiddle and mandolin). We all met and currently live in Nice, France. Right now, we are currently stranded in Casablanca as flights between here and France were suddenly stopped the day after we arrived here to play some gigs for Paddy’s week, before everything suddenly got serious, on March 12. But we’re hopeful there will be some emergency flights in the next few days to allow is to get back home to Nice. Trada released the album, “Going Back To Ireland” in December 2017. The video I sent you is the title track of the album. We have 5 original tracks on the album and the rest are traditional Irish or Scottish songs. It’s available to download on iTunes and Amazon and streamable on Spotify. We generally play in the Nice area in France. This was our first trip out of France as a band. We clearly picked the wrong time, but at least the hotel/Irish pub we’re staying at, which has been locked down since Monday, are looking after us very well and we’re hopeful of getting back soon.
Von Liz is a solo project.
Music maker in the stinking bowels of Europe. Irish. Grew up on a country road between Holycross, a tiny abbey village famous for hosting a chip of Jesus Christ’s cross, and Thurles, a small town famous for hosting Europe’s largest rock festival in the 1990’s
– Dylan Thomas