Outlaws get heavy airplay
Ireland’s top country deejays are giving heavy rotation to Empty mansions, the groundbreaking CD by the Outlaws, a contemporary country band based in Co. Monaghan. In May the Outlaws won the Top Entertaining Band Award 2007 at the Tipperary Mid-West Radio Country Awards dinner and ceremony at the Templemore Arms, Co. Tipperary, where the band performed three songs. The Outlaws have seen their popularity and audience grow steadily as Empty mansions (Sharpe CD 310) has earned 'album of the week' and the coveted #1 spot on radio stations throughout the country. The band plays to full houses everywhere they go, with fans travelling hundreds of miles to come see them.
The Outlaws have become a major attraction on the dance scene in Ireland, Scotland, and the UK. The band, which incorporates folk and bluegrass instruments, writes its own material and also plays a wide range of country hits, all woven together to create a wall of sound unlike anything heard in contemporary music. With a unique line-up that boasts old-time fiddle, 5-string banjo, button accordion, guitar, bass and drums, the band produces an original sound and infectious beat unheard anywhere else in American or Irish country music today. Band members are: Sean Hughes (guitar, vocals), Diane Treanor (fiddle, vocals), Tom Hanway (5-string banjo, vocals), Brian Walsh (drums, vocals), Barry Lenard (button accordion), and Myles Watson (bass).
The Outlaws, Ireland’s hardest-working country dance band, are riding high, galloping from one end of the country to the other, and roping in new fans and converts wherever they appear. Every Outlaws show is a genuine hoedown, a rowdy event with fans singing along and dancing for hours on end. The Outlaws get dozens of requests each night and do their best to honour them all. They recently toured the Highlands of Scotland, winning over new audiences, who proclaimed from one town to the next that this was 'an authentic country' band and 'a real country band', like the classic honky-tonk bands who all but vanished decades ago.
What is most interesting about the Outlaws is their uncanny ability to blend traditional styles into a fresh, contemporary alt-country sound - styles which include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Irish, Tex-Mex, and honky-tonk. Empty mansions is a must-have CD in every hardcore country fan’s collection, and it is available in all major record outlets, fine music shops, and at all Outlaws gigs. The band is busy writing, collaborating and working up new songs for their next eagerly awaited release.
The Outlaws appear at the following venues in August 2007:
Fri. 3rd: Raglan Road Festival, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan
Sat. 4th: Ovens GAA Club, Cork
Sun. 5th: The Four Seasons, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Thurs. 9th: Biddy Friel’s Dromoghill, Lifford, Co. Donegal
Fri. 10th: Fort Royal Inn, Ballymena, Co. Down
Sat. 11th: McCabe’s, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co. Cavan
Sun. 12th: Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk, Co. Cork
Fri. 17th: The Hazel, Rathnew, Co. Westmeath
Sat. 18th: The Central Tavern, Lough George, Clare-Galway, Co. Galway
Sun. 19th: The Spa, Lucan, Dublin
Sun. 26th: The Four Seasons, Monaghan
Fri. 31st: The Saddler’s Inn, Boyle, Roscommon
Management: Kevin McCooey, 042-974-0612 or 087-249-2495.
Contact: Tom Hanway
043-46340 or 087-610-1712