On April 15, Kaia will take the stage alongside Grammy winners Rosanne Cash and Judy Collins, among others, in a tribute to Pete Seeger. This night of music will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Read the full press release.
I Draw Slow is honored to be alongside great company on MerleFest's "Must-See Fresh Faces" list, drawn from the festival's 2017 lineup. The band will be at MerleFest on April 29th, sharing songs from their latest album, Turn Your Face to the Sun, and will be performing multiple sets throughout the day.
In the White-Dominated Space of Corporate Folk, Kaia Kater and Others Are Finding Their Footholds...
Be sure to read this powerful discussion between Kaia Kater and Indy Week's Allison Hussey about the ascent into a white-dominated genre as a woman of color.
"I grew up in folk music, and a lot of folk music was, 'Free to be you and me, we're all equal.' And we're not. That's the hard part," Kater says. "We have to acknowledge that, and see how those dynamics function, and how we can really help each other, and how we can really listen to each other to make things better for my grandchildren."
We are so pleased to announce that I Draw Slow have signed with Compass Records Group! We look forward to the release of their upcoming album Turn Your Face to the Sun with them come April 21, 2017!
COMPASS RECORDS SIGNS I DRAW SLOW
"Flat out brilliant." -Folk Radio UK
"I Draw Slow are one of the most beguiling and singular acts currently on the circuit." -Irish Independent
"Gritty as it is beautiful" -CMT
February 13th, 2017 - Nashville, TN. Compass Records is proud to announce the signing of Dublin-based roots band, I Draw Slow.
Their combination of compelling songwriting, exuberant live performances and passion for tradition make I Draw Slow a perfect fit for Compass Records, a label with a long history of working with Irish artists within their diverse roster of roots music. I Draw Slow coaxes the past into the present with original songs that draw from the best of Irish storytelling and American folk music.
The band is fronted by siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) Holden who have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with violinist Adrian Hart, clawhammer banjo player Colin Derham, and double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow.
Dave says, “We are delighted to sign with Compass Records for our new album. An Irish band that plays American folk music doesn’t always make sense to everyone, but we feel right at home on their roster. Their relationships and reputation in the industry will help us tell our story and take us to the next level.”
The band has played to audiences in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, and performed at many North American festivals including MerleFest, Pickathon, Wintergrass, RockyGrass, Grey Fox, Red Wing, Edmonton Folk Fest, Sisters Folk Festival and Mountain Stage. It was their 2014 performace at MerleFest that first put the band on the radar for Compass co-founders Garry West and Alison Brown, who were impressed with the band's performance and the reaction from buyers in the MerleFest merch tent.
"First, we noticed how they got the crowd involved in what they were doing. Their energy is truly infectious," says West. "Then we noticed that their CDs and merchandise were flying off the shelves in the festival store. That kind of immediate response is always going to get our attention! But more than anything we’ve been impressed with the strength of the songwriting, the sibling harmony and the musical proficiency of the band. They are truly dedicated to their craft."
Building on the success of their previous album, WHITE WAVE CHAPEL, which reached # 2 on the Irish charts, the band was able to capitalize on their dedicated fanbase to completely crowd-fund their new album, TURN YOUR FACE TO THE SUN, which is schedule to be released on April 21, 2017 on Compass Records.
2017 TOUR DATES
April 20th - Philadelphia Folksong Society - Philadelphia, PA
April 21st- Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 - New York, NY
April 22nd - Winter Village and La Tourelle - Ithaca, NY
April 23rd - Nelson Odeon - Cazenovia, NY
April 25th - Davidson College - Davidson, NC
April 26th - ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall - Asheville, NC
April 29th - MerleFest - Wilkesboro, NC
April 30th - Hill Center’s American Roots Music Series - Washington, DC
June 29th-July 2nd - 27th Annual High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA
July 14th-July 16th - Red Wing Roots Music Festival - Mount Solon, VA