‘Cotton To Silk’ is the new single by award winning alt-folk band Tupelo and presented against the backdrop of a busy year of live shows in 2016 that included the USA, and the continent, especially Norway, Denmark, Holland & Belgium where the band is particularly popular. In parallel James & Kevin were also working on the band’s third album.
The still to be titled album is penciled for release later this year. ‘Cotton To Silk’ is a stunning album taster and shows how the band’s music is evolving for its previous two long plays. Various friends of James & Kevin feature on this track including Rob Malone (David Gray), Jerry Fehily (HotHouse Flowers), Brian Connor (RTE Concert Orchestra, Van Morrison), and Julia Haile (hailing from Kansas City, and singer with The Buhs). Previously the band has also enjoyed having Shannon Shannon, and Eleanor McEvoy amongst others record with them also.
Tupelo at its core is comprised of Dublin man James Cramer and Mayo’s Kevin Duffy. The band’s name is taken from Van Morrison’s iconic track Tupelo Honey. Tupelo likes to encompass a variety of musical backgrounds and styles. The band’s sound has evolved from more acoustic trad based of the earlier years to its now fuller electric indie / alt folk fusion. The listener can decide themselves how they wish to categorize the sounds. Music is subjective after all.
With two albums behind them of original music written entirely by the band’s singer, James Cramer. In recent years Tupelo has played sold out tours in Denmark and Holland, festivals and shows in Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, Norway, Russia and most recently the Kansas and Michigan Irish festivals in the USA. The band’s energetic and the solid encouragement of crowd interaction during the shows, has led to the enhancement of the band’s live reputation and the sold out show stats it now enjoys on the continent and elsewhere!
Signed to Crashed Records, in addition to its own sold out shows internationally, in recent years Tupelo has also enjoyed performing live on All Ireland Hurling Final day in Croke Park and strong airplay both here at home both at independent local & national radio together with strong support from RTE Radio 1, and BBC Radio 2 in the UK.
“…Grade A acoustic musicianship…”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tupelo a great band from Dublin. They have a wonderful sound, great musicianship and fantastic songwriting. They have a rootsy sound of great mixtures from blues and country to trad. They move the audience from mood to mood with ease from heartfelt patriotism to pure good auld fashioned fun with their brilliant songs. With their lead singers charm and the bands sense of fun they’ll have you in the palm of their hand. What more could you want?”
“A Refreshing Irish/Americana blend, part-traditional, part-Nashville with a trickle of folk…beautiful.”