15 November 2011

Slim Pickins Irish tour, Nov.-Dec. 2011

Thanks to Anthony Mannion of Slim Pickins (above), who reports:

Since I was last in contact, Slim Pickins have been playing away, getting together some more tunes for our first record. We have been on RTE Radio 1 on the Arena Show and John Creedon, and also on Country Wide, so all is going good for us...

and forwards this release on their current tour in Ireland:

Slim Pickins are a Dublin/Galway based band who play buck leppin’ traditional and original old-timey country & bluegrass.

Tour dates:
Fri. Nov. 18th: McCarthy's, Dingle, 9.00 p.m. €8
Sat. Nov. 19th: Roisin Dubh (upstairs), Galway, 9.00 p.m., €8
Mon. Nov. 21st: Crane Lane, Cork, 11.30 p.m., FREE
Fri. Nov. 25th: The Cobblestone, Dublin, 8.30 p.m., €10
Sat. Dec. 3rd: McGarrigles, Sligo, 8.30 p.m., €10

Firmly rooted in old-time sounds, Slim Pickins have absorbed musical influences from a broad-reaching transection of American music. Merging the contemporary influence of Old Crow Medicine Show and Dave Rawlings, and the traditional sounds of the Stanley Brothers, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe with their own unique tones, they embody the old-time tradition whilst also managing to reveal their own voice.

Resonating from an unoccupied niche in the resurgence of today’s acoustic string bands, they've opened up for Irish folk legends Tir na Nog, Simone Felice's 'The Duke and the King', and shared the stage with Lisa Hannigan and Gavin Glass. Their own eclectic upbringings and an infatuation with western swing and early bluegrass sees them mixing original music with traditional arrangements of songs passed down through the years, as they deliver three-part vocal harmonies in time to buck leppin' banjos, dobros and guitars. Their high energy shows are good old-time fun, creating a sound that is as refreshing as it is downright addictive!

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