I Draw Slow
Dublin roots band I Draw Slow has been garnering praise around the globe since the release of their Top 10 selling album Redhills in 2012. Now their new album, White Wave Chapel, is all the buzz at home and overseas with their unique sound, bringing together Irish tradition with modern Americana while staying rooted in the old-time style of Appalachia. Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for these Irish/Americana songwriters.
The UK press describes, I Draw Slow as ‘American top league equivalents’ destined ‘to blow the opposition away,’ drawing favorable comparisons with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. The band has played to audiences in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, performed with the legendary Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and made an appearnace at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
I Draw Slow is a five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and double bass. Holden siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with violinist Adrian Hart, clawhammer banjo player Colin Derham, and double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow.
“Valentine” with Aiden Gillen, Directed by Hugh O’Conor (2014)
“Souvenirs” Directed by Ronan Fox (2014)
“Hide & Seek” at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country (2014)
“Honeymoon” recorded live in the Pickathon Festival Pumphouse by Live & Breathing (2013)
“Bread & Butter” recorded live in the Pickathon Festival Pumphouse by Live & Breathing (2013)
“Low Down Girl Like Me” recorded live in the Pickathon Festival Pumphouse by Live & Breathing (2013)
“Mama Don’t Cry” recorded live in the Pickathon Festival Pumphouse by Live & Breathing (2013)
“Goldmine” Official Video from the album Redhills (Released 2011)
With White Wave Chapel, their best album to date under their belt, it seems a matter of time before I Draw Slow will dominate the global folk scene.” – Peter McGuire, Huffington Post UK
For an all-acoustic group, I Draw Slow sure do have a fully realized sound. May we recommend ‘Valentine,’ ‘Grand Hotel’ and ‘Don’t She Run.’ - The Bluegrass Situation
It’s as gritty as it is beautiful. - on the 2014 album White Wave Chapel, CMT Edge
Their lyrics are evocative and imaginative, yet remarkably in an entirely American idiom and vernacular – no Gaelic transposed to fit the hills and hollers. Songs like ‘Bread & Butter’ and ‘Hide & Seek’ resonate rhythmically and lyrically…” - Sing-Out Magazine
Their writing is skilled, rich and wonderfully mature…the album is a delight… - KDHX
I Draw Slow is a high-powered bluegrass band from Ireland, who discovered the genre while busking in Australia. Perfect for an all-American musical mish-mash of Appalachian Mountain music, blues, jazz and traditional country! Hear for yourself on White Wave Chapel. - FOLK ALLEY
Redhills is an album anyone should enjoy. The more you listen, the more you not only like the music, the narratives of the songs and the profusion of moods they convey, the more you might be drawn into I Draw Slow’s unique gorgeous world. -Lonesome Highway Review, (August 2011)
It comes as something of a shock to discover that five piece I Draw Slow are Irish, as they have that contemporary roots/Americana sound down to a tee. Their big weapon is Louise Holden, whose voice is effortlessly pure and shivery, rather like a feistier Alison Krauss. She and her brother, who plays guitar, have been writing songs together for nigh on twenty years, and it shows, as they have great tunes and beautifully constructed songs. There’s a definite bluegrass base to their music but it’s laidback rather than frenetic, and while the band deploy the expected banjo, fiddle and the like they differ from many of their contemporaries by not striving to recreate the sound of half a century ago. Instead making the music sound contemporary. There’s also a real sense of them playing for the sheer pleasure of it. -Americana UK
While the music is wonderful it’s the vocals of Louise Holden along with the songs often heartfelt vocals which elevate the band and album to heights other bands rarely get near. I love the deep lyrics of songs like the already mentioned “Goodbye Beulahland” where Louise sings about “… coming back to the heart of everything that is wrong in this world ….” and the sublime haunting lyrics of “Cry Help”. - 2 U I Bestow, (September 2011)
The Irish based five-piece outfit I Draw Slow are no newcomer to Folk Radio UK. We were first introduced to them when they sent us a demo a few of years ago. They were great then but their latest release Redhills raises the stakes of their musicianship to the roof! Their rich blend of Appalachian / Irish / Americana / Roots is back with a truly well-honed edge.- Folk Radio UK, (June 2011)
As befitting their name, Irish string band I Draw Slow have taken their time before releasing their second album. Their debut, Downside, a winning combination of novel narrative touches and Appalachian and Irish music influences, set the bar high. Songs such as “Kingdom” and “Goodbye Beulaland” sound darker, more complex and more musically ambitious while firmly remaining in the Americana genre. – The Irish Times
There’s a touching somberness to “Goodbye Beulahland” and “Cry Help”. Even when they take on traditional works like “Buffalo Hunt” they make them completely their own. Most impressively of all, they work their wonders without sounding like they tumbled off the Nashville/Appalachian conveyor belt. I Draw Slow play and sing with a real sense of joy, never letting the virtuosity get in the way of delivering delicious performances. - Jackie Hayden, Hotpress Review (May, 2011)