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Irish Americana Folk Specialists I DRAW SLOW Really Drew Us In at Nashville's City Winery

by Rich and Laura Lynch

I Draw Slow performed at the City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee on September 20, 2022 and likely won some new fans with their compelling brand of roots rock. In some ways they fit in just fine with the theme of AmericanaFest that had wrapped up the week before since their music reflects American influences.


Just when you though AmericanaFest was over - along comes I Draw Slow.

I Draw Slow formed in Dublin Ireland about 10 years ago. This award winning five piece is led by siblings Dave and Louise Holden who write all the songs. Having received critical acclaim they are gaining traction in their homeland and in the States. Their music has been licensed for ads, film, TV and they are also known for their high impact videos featuring actors such as Aidan Gillan (Game of Thrones).

I Draw Slow had a short tour in the American south that concluded in Nashville. They were in town to support their current self-titled, full-length album that was released on September 9, 2022 via US based, Compass Records. Their latest still echoes of Appalachian and Irish influences but also includes New Orleans funereal jazz, sixties pop and more.


This quick run of dates celebrated the release of their new self-titled album.

"The new music represents tradition in the mixed up way that people live now," Louise Holden shared. "With the stories we tell to stop ourselves from going crazy and the false memories we build ourselves upon." Most of the material was produced during the pandemic which found band mates (Konrad Liddy-upright-bass, Colin Derham-banjo & Adrian Hart-fiddle) with Louise and Dave Holden exploring a broader and darker musical palette on these current tracks.

In Nashville they presented a diverse set spiked with commentary. Quite a few songs were from the new record such as "Trouble" which addressed the issue of statues being pulled down. "Copenhagen Interpretation" also touched upon serious subjects in an up-tempo format. We thoroughly enjoyed the feeling and flow of "Dublin Bay, Christmas Day" as well as the daring dirge "Bring Out Your Dead". Another high-point of the show was a tune sung in their native tongue along with a love song - an Irish jig from their first album.


I Draw Slow is fronted by the convincing pairing of brother and sister Dave and Louise Holden.

At the City Winery, I Draw Slow showcased a strong collection of songs that touched upon joys and sorrows in many varying musical landscapes - including bluegrass, Americana and traditional Irish tones. Their lyrics were intriguing and enhanced by intricate instrumentation along with multi-part vocals. On their new record I Draw Slow captures a pivotal moment in a shared human tragedy and offers their stunning portrait of the beauty that they salvaged from their collective pain so take a listen and see for yourself.

The City Winery was founded in New York City in 2008 by Michael Dorf who wanted to combine culinary and cultural experiences. Today, it has a number of locations including the one in Nashville which operates as a restaurant, venue and wine bar. The City Winery can be booked for private events and it hosts a wide range of artists such as I Draw Slow throughout their calendar year.


I Draw Slow at the City Winery Lounge in Nashville.

Related Links: For more information on I DRAW SLOW and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - I Draw Slow | City Winery

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