06 November 2015

The Grahams (USA) at Naul, Sat. 21 Nov. 2015 - and elsewhere

The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre at Naul, Co. Dublin, a good friend to bluegrass and related music, announces 'a unique roots-country-Americana music and cinema experience with The Grahams' on Saturday 21 November.

Alyssa and Doug Graham (above) have been performing together since they were New York teenagers, and have shaped their two albums (so far) around the main means of transport in early America: Riverman’s daughter (2013) and their new album Glory bound, with songs written from their own experience of river and railroad. Riverman’s daughter spent eleven weeks in the Americana Radio Top 40, and the Grehams have appeared on 'Woodsongs', ABC TV, and CBS Morning, and had good reviews from American Songwriter, USA Today, and the New York Times. They write:

There is a special connection between American folk music and the railroad that has no parallel elsewhere in the world. Rail lines stitch together the sprawling fabric of American song. As writers of Americana music, our goal is to draw on the deep, recurring sources of American folk culture, giving them new shape.

The Grahams began on Tuesday (3 Nov.) a tour of the UK, where they are playing eleven shows before coming to Ireland. Naul is the last of five shows over here, the others being:

Tues. 17th: Levi's Cornerhouse, Ballydehob, Co. Cork
Wed. 18th: Dolan's, Limerick city
Thurs. 19th: Monroe's Live, Galway city
Fri. 20th: The Errigle Inn, Ormeau Rd, Belfast

At Naul they will be showing their documentary film Rattle the hocks and performing live music from Glory bound. Doors open at 8.00 p.m., and the show begins at 8.30. Tickets (in advance €13 / €10; at the door €15 / €12) can be booked on the event web page, where you can also see a trailer for Rattle the hocks and link to their YouTube videos.

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