Critically Acllaimed, World Renowned Irish Roots Group


The Fallout Shelter - 61 Endicott Street, Norwood, MA, 02062

On the new album, the lead single, “Copenhagen Interpretation” is about bringing words back down to earth. The group, found its inspiration from the George Orwell quote: “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Guided by subtle banjo picking, the song floats on an early ‘70s soundscape.

They are known for their high production videos featuring actors such as Aidan Gillan (Game of Thrones) and award winning directors Hugh O’Conor and Ronan Fox. As well as a reputation for fine songwriting, their live shows are a unique and captivating experience with dedicated fans traveling far and wide to see them. They tour internationally and have fully established themselves on the North American acoustic music scene, touring the U.S. and Canada over 35 times since 2013 and playing all the major festivals to their loyal following.

“I Draw Slow are probably Ireland’s best exponents of the fusion of Celtic and American music.” - LONESOME HIGHWAY

“I Draw Slow have created a sound that is very much their own, carrying you away...A life-affirming dark, yet uplifting, sound” - AMERICANA UK

“The album draws you in from the opening track..... I keep playing it over and over” - NO DEPRESSION (OUTSTANDING ROOTS MUSIC RELEASES 2022

‘Old-time Appalachian roots with an Irish edge; this Dublin five-piece don’t make mistakes.’ -
The Sunday Times

‘Blending the traditional music of both cultures with a contemporary Americana/Celtic sensibility...I Draw Slow has created seems like a fully natural evolution.’ - Bluegrass Today

Spurning cliché and playing with structure, I Draw Slow have created their own identity, their own sound.’ -
The Irish Times

‘I Draw Slow are one of the most beguiling and singular acts currently on the circuit.‘ The Irish Independent

Like most artists during the pandemic, the group was forced to put their tour career on hold in the spring of 2020. Independently they suffered the loss of loved ones to COVID and weathered the subsequent months of grief. When the band was finally able to reunite in 2021 in a farmyard studio in the Dublin mountains to record their new album they found themselves and their music fundamentally changed. The traditional Irish and Appalachian influences that informed I Draw Slow’s prior releases were augmented by a much wider range of influences, including sixties pop, cinematic soundscapes and the funereal jazz of New Orleans.

Lyrically, the new tracks pulled storytelling and tradition apart. “The new music represents tradition in the mixed up way that people live now,” Louise shares, “With the stories we tell to stop ourselves from going crazy and the false memories we build ourselves upon.”

Ultimately, the trauma of the pandemic is what defines the band’s eponymously titled new album. Together with bandmates, Konrad Liddy (upright bass), Colin Derham (banjo), and Adrian Hart (fiddle), Louise and Dave Holden explore a broader, and darker, musical palette on the new tracks, yielding unexpected and musically satisfying results. I DRAW SLOW captures a pivotal moment in a shared human tragedy and offers a stunning portrait of the beauty that I Draw Slow salvaged from their collective pain.

The Fallout Shelter is an all ages performance venue welcoming worldwide, world class music in an intimate setting. Our studio audience attends to watch the creation and production of the music television series The Extended Play Sessions. The Fallout Shelter events are immersive experiences for both audience and performers alike...a live music experience like no other. We are fully ADA compliant and have wheelchair access. We have a wide selection of beer and wine for your adult beverage pleasures and each show comes with a free commemorative event poster. Our doors open at 6PM. Seating is General Admission. We recommend you arrive at the time the doors open.

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The Fallout Shelter - 61 Endicott Street, Norwood, MA, 02062