“Flat out brilliant…this band is really going places.” —Folk Radio UK
“Gritty as it is beautiful” —CMT
“The music of I Draw Slow does not seem like it belongs in 21st century Ireland, but that anomaly is exactly what makes the music special, even magical. Their subtle, polished, unobtrusive sound accomplishes a single-handed renaissance of the American folk music revival of the 1960s.” —The Irish Echo
I Draw Slow is one of the most unique bands on the Americana scene. Fronted by brother/sister songwriting team Dave Holden (guitar/vocals) and Louise Holden (vocals), this Dublin, Ireland-based group sits squarely at the crossroads of Irish and Appalachian music and has received critical praise for an original sound that bridges the gap between traditional Irish and American roots music. Joining Dave and Louise for this journey are bandmates Konrad Liddy (upright bass), Colin Derham (banjo), and Adrian Hart (fiddle).
The band’s new eponymously titled project I DRAW SLOW starts with the arresting opener “Bring out Your Dead”, a track that would not be out of place on Fleetwood Mac’s album Tusk (if the Mac played trad Irish music), with vocal echos of The Mamas & The Papas thrown in for good measure. They channel New Orleans trad jazz on the track “Trouble”, replete with rudimental snare and mournful brass. And on the duet “Queen of the Wasteland”, adorned by claw-hammer banjo, fiddle and acoustic guitar lines, they draw upon Ireland’s long folk song and storytelling tradition to create a neo-folk classic that is both timely and timeless.
On their new album, I Draw Slow further cements their reputation as one of the most interesting groups on the Americana/roots scene. By coaxing the past into the present, they create a very personal sonic tapestry, drawing fans on both sides of the pond and earning slots on some of the most important festival stages across North America including MerleFest, Edmonton Folk Festival, Rocky Grass and Wintergrass. With the expansive musical platform of their newest release as a launching point, the possibilities for where I Draw Slow’s musical journey will take them next are limitless.