Intrepid souls, the Word Of Mouth agency, are launching the 6th iteration of their excellent Certain Three tour
The format remains the same, Word Of Mouth pick 3 smashing up and comers from home and abroad and pile them all into a van to deliver 8 intimate shows around the country.
The mood is more folksy this year and the acts currently doing their vocal warm ups are Kentucky songwriter Joan Shelley (No Quarter Records), Pennsylvanian balladeer Vikesh Kapoor (Loose Music) and Cork’s John Blek (of John Blek & The Rats).
22 Feb | De Barra’s, CLONAKILTY 23 Feb | Mick Murphy’s, BALLYMORE EUSTACE 24 Feb | The Workman’s Club, DUBLIN 25 Feb | The Errigle Inn, BELFAST 26 Feb | Kelly’s Bar, GALWAY 27 Feb | The Greyhound Bar, KILKEE 28 Feb | Leap Castle, ROSCREA 01 Mar | Coughlan’s, CORK
The line up
JOAN SHELLEY (Kentucky / No Quarter)
“A Kentucky singer with Sandy Denny timbre and a clarity of tone like Miles Davis’ horn circa Kind of Blue…kinda folk, sorta slowcore and vaguely country, projecting a huge, resplendently pained serenity” – ROLLING STONE
Joan’s second album Electric Ursa was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky and marks her first release for No Quarter. It includes collaborations with new labelmate Nathan Salsburg and has garnered glowing praise from the press.
“The Rebel County’s answer to Ryan Adams and his Cardinals” – HOT PRESS
John Blek’s Cutting Room Floor is an intimate collection of nine alt-folk songs compiled by John since the release of John Blek & the Rats’ last album 18 months ago. This solo endeavour began simply as a longing to document some songs that had fallen by the way side, but turned into a strong collection of live acoustic performances that needed to be shared.
“Kapoor’s cameos of blue-collar life are poignant and universal: wrecked home towns, insecure employment, busted dreams. An impressive debut”. – ★★★★ THE OBSERVER
The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, Kapoor’s concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicles the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything. It was released in April 2014 on Loose, co-produced by Adam Selzer(M. Ward) and features Nate Query (Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jeff Ratner (Langhorne Slim) and Birger Olsen (Denver).