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C2C PREVIEW: Rackhouse Pilfer



Stomping Irish Americana-bluegrass sextet Rackhouse Pilfer announce extensive UK tour from March 11-April 2, opening with a show at this year’s Country to Country Festival at London’s 02 Arena. Performing songs from their acclaimed 2014 album Love and Havoc, they’ll also be previewing material from their eagerly anticipated third album, due for release in the summer.

The rise of Rackhouse Pilfer has been unstoppable. Awarded ‘Live Band of the Year’ by Hot Press soon after releasing their second album Love and Havoc, they’ve become festival favourites across Europe, receiving rave reviews for their energetic live shows, harmony-vocals & original songs. In 2015 they were hand-picked by legendary producer Ethan Johns, to work with Tom Jones on his Long Lost Suitcase album.

With much of 2016 spent preparing, writing and pre-production Rackhouse Pilfer are currently putting the finishing touches to their third album, recorded earlier this year with producer Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Josh T. Pearson).

Formed in 2012 by the fireside of McGarrigles bar in Sligo, they released their debut album in 2013, before heading to Nashville in 2014 to record second album Love and Havoc with esteemed producer Brad Jones (Steve Earle, John Prine, Josh Rouse, Hayes Carll).

The legendary Harold Bradley features on two tracks on Love and Havoc.  Now 91 years old, he is regarded by many as the most recorded guitar player in history and has played on many hit records with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Jerry Lee Lewis among numerous others. Most famous for inventing a style called ‘Tic Tac’ bass guitar, he joined Rackhouse Pilfer to play on ‘Angela’ and ‘Me and a Polar Bear’.

During their stay they were also invited to play at the legendary Station Inn, Nashville’s most famous traditional Bluegrass venue, followed by an invitation on stage as guests at the Grand Ole Opry by late country music legend George Hamilton IV.

The band’s line-up is Leon Mooney – acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals, Willie Kelly – acoustic guitar, drums and vocals, Fiachra Cunningham – fiddle, dobro, and vocals, Mark McGovern – tenor/5 string banjo and vocals, Leslie Jones – mandolin and vocals and Hugh Feely – double bass and vocals.

Rackhouse Pilfer · March-April 2017 UK Tour


Sat 11       London                               Country to Country, The O2 Arena, Town Square stage

Sun 12      Birmingham                        Ceol Castle, St. Patrick’s Day Parade (afternoon & late shows)

Tue 14       Bangor                               Blue Sky Café

Wed 15      Settle                                 Victoria Hall

Thu 16      Bury                                   The Met, The Box

Fri 17        Liverpool                             Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Music Room

Sat 18       Paisley                                The Bungalow

Sun 19      Edinburgh                           House Concert

Mon 20      Newcastle upon Tyne         The Cluny 2

Tue 21       New Galloway                    Catstrand

Wed 22      Kirkby FleethamN. Yorks.     House Concert

Fri 24         St IshmaelsPembrokeshire     St Ishmaels Sports & Social Club

Sat 25        Fareham                             Ashcroft Arts Centre

Sun 26       Shoreham-by-Sea               Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tue 28       Milton Keynes                     The Stables, Stage 2

Wed 29      Maidenhead                        Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Thu 30       London                               Nell’s Jazz & Blues

Fri 31        Bath                                   Chapel Arts Centre


Sat 1         Witheridgenr. Tiverton          Witheridge Parish Hall

Sun 2        Constantinenr. Falmouth        Tolmen Centre

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