Dublin band brings combo of American, Irish folk traditions to Moab

For the third week of its Friday evening performances, Moab’s free concert series will host the group “I Draw Slow” from Dublin, Ireland. According to a press release from concert organizer Cassie Paup, “I Draw Slow has already won the adoration of fans in their home country and North America by combining American folk and Irish storytelling traditions with close-harmony vocals, intriguing instrumentation and compelling subject matter.” The press release describes how the band built a following with “their energetic live performances and inventive combination of Appalachian and Irish roots music.”

The band’s show on Friday, July 20 at Swanny Park will feature sibling vocalists Dave and Louise Holden, with Dave on acoustic guitar, Adrian Hart on violin, Colin Derham on clawhammer banjo and Konrad Liddy on double bass. I Draw Slow has been praised for having evocative and imaginative lyrics, exuberant live performances and a passion for the traditional stylings of roots music. The press release advises concert-goers, “first-time I Draw Slow listeners ought to be warned: This band very well might take their breath away. And they won’t even mind.”

In April of 2017, I Draw Slow released “Turn Your Face to the Sun,” their first album with the label Compass Records. That record, their most recent release, caught the ears of critics and average listeners alike. By mixing their acoustic blend of vocals and strings with more colorful brass and percussion, the band added even more depth to their sound. The press release adds, “They also chose to address a theme of loss, through lyrics that examine both the darker side of human nature and the goodness of redemption.”

I Draw Slow is repeatedly noted for the quality of their live performances. The press release states, “they established themselves as festival standouts, appearing at MerleFest, Pickathon, Wintergrass, RockyGrass, Grey Fox, Red Wing, Edmonton Folk Fest and High Sierra Music Festival to name a few. They’ve also appeared on many radio shows, including the syndicated ‘Mountain Stage.’” The band gained more recognition with each album release.

“The band first drew attention beyond Ireland’s shores with their 2011 release, Redhills. Fueled by a prominent Spotify playlist placement and a video suggesting both 1890s bordello and 1920s speakeasy, the song “Goldmine” became the album’s breakout track. Their follow-up album, 2014’s “White Wave Chapel,” reached No. 2 on Ireland’s iTunes chart, driven in part by the video for “Valentine,” which featured Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen,” says the press release.

The opener for the July 20 show will be Green Light. The local group is comprised of Miriam Graham, Brett Bentley and Tamara Freida.

The opener will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the headliners beginning at 5:30 p.m.