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The Eskies are purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek.
The band have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and their all screaming, all sweating, swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze-houses the length and breadth of Europe; sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.
2016 was their biggest and busiest year to date with the band undertaking extensive tours of Ireland, the UK, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands as well as squeezing in their first ever appearance at the hallowed Glastonbury Festival and even a performance on BBC Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' with Clive Anderson.
Their debut album 'After The Sherry Went Round' was released in the UK in August, having already been released in Ireland to public and critical acclaim. It catalogues the first four years of the bands existence and is a highly charged, infectious blend of surge, swoon and surge again with dark tales of betrayal, revenge, fear and scorn all delivered at break neck speed and sure to get you flailing about the place with reckless abandon.
'Songs such as When the Storm Came, Tear Along the Line, Down by the River, Jesus Don’t Save Me and Wild, Wild Heart have enough inherent energy to charge a power plant. Electricity providers take note." The Irish Times
"Like a wagon storming the citadel, The Eskies' brand of gothic-tinged gypsy-folk swaggers out of the speakers with intent." Hot Press Magazine
"From the sinister sway of ‘Eloise’ through to the jaunty ‘Jesus Don’t Save Me’ and the driving ‘Jailhouse Sun’, The Eskies have delivered a fascinating blend of fun-fuelled folk." The Independent
Dublin's own purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek.
MILESTONES RECORDING & LABEL – There first album, “After The Sherry Went Round” is released on Parochial Dance Hall Records. Reviews have been universally ecstatic. See a few choice quotes below.
INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASES – Invited to Glasgow's CELTIC CONNECTIONS '17 and Groningen's EUROSONIC '17
FESTIVALS – In 2017 confirmed for Eurosonic, Celtic Connections... In 2016 The Eskies played 30 festival performances in 5 countries. These include Glastonbury, Cambridge FF, Sidmouth FF, Green Man, Beautiful Days, Shambala - In Ireland Knockanstockan, Electric Picnic, In France - Festival De Monastier, In Belgium Dranouter, In Holland De Parade, - and many more.
TOURING – In 2016 The Eskies have toured the UK twice along with Belgium, The Netherlands and of course Ireland. In Dublin they have sold out Whelans (400 cap) and The Button Factory (550 Cap)
RADIO & PRINTED MEDIA - The band appeared on Radio 4’s flagship magazine programme Loose Ends with Clive Anderson. The recent tour was promoted by GPromo - Which garnered an unprecedented 68 reviews or radio plays. Radio Lancashire played a whole hour of the band’s music!
PRESS QUOTES FOR “AFTER THE SHERRY WENT ROUND" "A Melting Pot of sounds that screams 'get up and dance!' - R2 Magazine "Setting their stall out from the first bar the band rip it up track by track." - Americana UK "I love it!" - Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales "Imagine music that grabs you by the arm and threatens to drag you onto the dance floor – visualise all that and you’ll be close, only close though.” – FolkWords "Turbo charged, maniacal, mayhem" - Get Ready To Rock! "Razor sharp arrangements and commendable restraint, they put most of their rampaging peers to shame" - Acoustic Magazine The Eskies are quite frankly one of the most stunning and versatile bands that we have ever come across. - Atree "rip-roaring party tunes for cowboys, sailors, chain gangers and rag timers" - Whisperin and Hollerin “Like a wagon storming the citadel, The Eskies’ brand of gothic-tinged gypsy-folk swaggers out of the speakers with intent.” – Hot Press Magazine “From the sinister sway of ‘Eloise’ through to the jaunty ‘Jesus Don’t Save Me’ and the driving ‘Jailhouse Sun’, The Eskies have delivered a fascinating blend of fun-fuelled folk.” – The Independent “The album is a raucous fanfare of folk, swamp blues and unquenchable merriment, paired with brain-burrowing melodies and witty lyrics, delivered at breakneck speed.” – Goldenplec