Knoxville Morning set to wow at the Craic Fest, New York - VIDEO


Irish band Knoxville Morning confirmed for NYC's Craic Fest
Irish band Knoxville Morning confirmed for NYC's Craic Fest

Knoxville Morning, based in Ireland, has been added to the bill of the Craic Fest that takes place this week in New York.

This folk rock outfit began life as a solo side-project of Band on an Island’s Ciaran Dwyer, before growing into something far bigger. Joined by fellow Band on an Island members Stefan Murphy (the Mighty Stef), Gavin Elsted (We Are Losers), Brian Gallagher (Humanzi), Claire Prendergast, Stephen Fahey (Super Extra Bonus Party), Deirdre O’Hagan, Rachael Caffrey and Laura Caffrey, they have created an inviting blend of folk, country and Americana, a classic sound with an Irish twist draped in Dwyer’s intuitive storytelling.

Textures of Chicago blues and Greenwich Village folk blend to form the band’s sound. “Should have stayed at home/shouldn’t have gone outside/there’s murder in my local/wanted posters on the wall,” Dwyer sings over a maudlin piano on “Chelsea Bards,” evoking Leonard Cohen’s earlier work.

In the song, he “whistles Tom Waits” -- shadowing him would be a more appropriate description. The song was written in honor of Stanley Bard, the former owner of the legendary Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan.

The album Knoxville Morning is steeped in American music, borne out of criss-crossed trips throughout our nation.

“I ended up with a bunch of songs after going away on a trip. I was going to put it out as a solo record but the more I worked on the songs, it became clear there was more to them so I got a lot more people involved and it turned into something a lot bigger,” says Dwyer.

“The record is a mix of stories about the people I met, the strange places I ended up in and the pretty crazy things that happened while I was away. It’s not an album full of American clichés, it’s an album celebrating the great people and places that I encountered along the way, and celebrating the friendship and brotherhood that exists among a small group of people sharing an experience as amazing as traveling across a country.”

Knoxville Morning will be joining the bill at the Craic Fest in the Mercury Lounge, 297 East Houston Street in New York City, opening for the Lost Brothers and the Tossers on March 8 at 9 p.m. There will be an after party at the Sixth Ward, 191 Orchard Street with Dwyer playing live.

Visit www.thecraicfest.com or www.knoxvillemorning.com for more information.

Catch Knoxville Morning's video for 'Knoxville Morning' here:


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: