Thursday, 9 August 2007

New Outlaws CD gets heavy airplay

Myles Watson (bass), Sean Hughes (guitar, vocals), Diane Treanor (fiddle, vocals), Brian Walsh (drums, vocals), Tom Hanway (5-string banjo, vocals); Barry Lenard (button accordion) out of shot

Tom Hanway reports that Ireland’s top country deejays are giving heavy rotation to Empty mansions (Sharpe CD 310), the groundbreaking CD by the Outlaws, a contemporary country band based in Co. Monaghan, Ireland. Empty mansions has earned 'album of the week' and the coveted #1 spot on radio stations throughout Ireland.

The Outlaws blend traditional styles, including bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Irish, Tex-Mex, and honky-tonk, into a fresh, contemporary alt-country sound. They recently toured the Highlands of Scotland, winning over new audiences, who welcomed the sound of 'a real country band', like the classic honky-tonk bands of decades ago.

Tom Hanway, author of the Complete book of Irish & Celtic 5-string banjo and co-designer of the Stelling SwallowTail banjo, was banjo-player for Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens when they won the #1 European Bluegrass Band 2005 title.

Read more here.