Minnie and the Illywhackers

With just weeks to go we wanted to introduce the artists we are incredibly excited to see at this years festival.

Normally you would have to cruise the clubs of New York and San Francisco for the  pleasure of hearing this vintage Americana sound. However, Minnie and the Illywhackers have their feet rooted firmly in the Dublin music scene.

Vaudevillian influenced singer and ukulele player Angie McLaughlin draws on the talents of her exSick and Indigent Song Club band mates Shane McGrath (guitar, mandolin),  Christian Volkmann (double bass, harmonica) and Sheila Sullivan (fiddle) to perform her original material. Her songs sit comfortably in their set alongside forgotten classics from the first half of the 20th century.

Echoes of swing, Hawaiian, gospel, jazz and blues are evident in the tunes which are performed with inventive arrangements. McLaughlin is both playful and passionate in her performance and with excellent musicians to back her up The Illywhackers are a truly joyous live experience.