Rackhouse Pilfer announce UK tour dates

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.

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Rackhouse Pilfer link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

Artists’ website: www.rackhousepilfer.com

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Remaining UK Tour dates


Sunday 19        Edinburgh House Concert

Monday 20      Newcastle upon Tyne  The Cluny 2

Tuesday 21      New Galloway  Catstrand

Wednesday 22 Kirkby Fleetham, N. Yorks.   House Concert

Friday 24          St Ishmaels Sports & Social Club

Saturday 25      Fareham Ashcroft Arts Centre

Sunday 26        Shoreham-by-Sea Ropetackle Arts Centre

Tuesday 28      Milton Keynes  The Stables, Stage 2

Wednesday 29 Maidenhead  Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Thursday 30     London Nell’s Jazz & Blues

Friday 31           Bath Chapel Arts Centre


Saturday 1       Witheridge, nr. Tiverton Parish Hall

Sunday 2          Constantine, nr. Falmouth Tolmen Centre