Dublin, Ireland’s I Draw Slow has already won the adoration of fans in their home country and North America by combining American folk and Irish storytelling traditions with close-harmony vocals, intriguing instrumentation and compelling subject matter. And on their debut with Compass Records, Turn Your Face to the Sun, released April 21, 2017, the band adds even more depth to their sound and songwriting, capturing I Draw Slow at their best — when they’re all together, separated only by air.

The band first drew attention beyond Ireland’s shores with their 2011 release, Redhills. Fueled by a prominent Spotify playlist placement and a video suggesting both 1890s bordello and 1920s speakeasy, the song “Goldmine” became the album’s breakout trackTheir follow-up album, 2014’s White Wave Chapel, reached No. 2 on Ireland’s iTunes chart, driven in part by the video for “Valentine,” which featured Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen.

In the meantime, they established themselves as festival standouts, appearing at MerleFest, Pickathon, Wintergrass, RockyGrass, Grey Fox, Red Wing, Edmonton Folk Fest and High Sierra Music Festival to name a few. They’ve also appeared on many radio shows, including the syndicated “Mountain Stage.”



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The voices of Louise and Dave Holden dart between the shores with ease and grace, showing strength and subtlety in the right places from Dublin to the Carolinas.
— Mark Nenadic, Americana UK
It is in their ability to find new ways to look at familiar subjects that I Draw Slow shines. Nothing here is new, but everything is fresh.
— Chris Griffy, AXS
There’s a big fan base for this type of roots music and I Draw Slow are well set to claim their share.
— Mark Nenadic, Americana UK
(Turn Your Face to the Sun) merges American folk and Irish storytelling with close-harmony vocals, intriguing instrumentation, and compelling subject matter that results in a captivating sound that is sure to win over audiences worldwide.
— The Daily Country
A combination of powerful and catchy songs, exuberant performances and a passion for tradition come together in this album to create a more cohesive proposal than those presented in his previous works.
— Pablo Rego, World Music
...it’s how the band weave the sound into something original that really impresses...You can spot influences, but I Draw Slow still sound distinctive - no mean feat given their physical distance from the American south.
— Colm O'Hare, Hot Press
The combination of I Draw Slow at The Gold Hill Inn was truly one of the most fulfilling concerts experiences I have had yet.
— Sierra Voss, Bolder Beat
For an all-acoustic group, I Draw Slow sure do have a fully realized sound. May we recommend ‘Valentine,’ ‘Grand Hotel,’ and ‘Don’t She Run.’
— The Bluegrass Situation
Their lyrics are evocative and imaginative, yet remarkably in an entirely American idiom and vernacular - no Gaelic transposed to fit the hills and hollers. Songs like ‘Bread & Butter’ and Hide & Seek’ resonate rhythmically and lyrically...”
— Sing-Out Magazine
Their writing is skilled, rich and wonderfully mature...the album is a delight...
With White Wave Chapel, their best album to date under their belt, it seems a matter of time before I Draw Slow will dominate the global folk scene.
— Peter McGuire, Huffington Post UK
It’s as gritty as it is beautiful.
— CMT Edge