Ahead of their performance at The Great Escape, Brighton on May 17th Dublin’s favourite, haunted band of troubadour’s The Eskies return at their exuberant best with the release of their latest single ‘Shame’ taken from their Sophomore LP ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses’
The band’s unusual mix of Balkan, Klezmar, Swing and New Orleans Big-Band is on full display in this cautionary tale, come lament and in true ‘Eskies’ form, doesn’t skimp on the melodrama – “Shame, Shame Almighty, Would I speak your name so lightly, Shame, Shame Almighty, Set me free”
The Eskies; ‘grab you by the scruff of the neck’ approach drags the listener through an onslaught of brain burrowing lyrics, infectious melodies, call and response vocals, sing along chorus’, bombastic brass, brilliantly poised guitar and mandolin all wrapped up in a clever, hooky, punchy arrangement that perfectly treads the delicate line between radio-worthy folk/rock/Gypsy jazz/pop (as if there is such a thing) and something altogether quite a bit meatier (if there is such a thing).
The release of ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses’ in December of 2017 wrapped up a fantastic year for the band, the highlights of which included main stage slots at Cambridge Folk Festival and the hallowed Glastonbury.
The single ‘Shame’ (along with the rest of ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses) is available to buy on all good digital platforms and from The Eskies website: www.theeskies.com
Forthcoming Live Events
The Great Escape – Brighton, May 17th
Groove Festival – Wicklow, July 8th
Townlands Carnival – Cork, July 22nd
Knockanstockan – Blessington, July 28th
Stendhal Festival – Limavady, Aug 10th
Please see The Eskies website for a full list of all forthcoming live events and exciting announcements.