Wookalily are a multi-faceted, female-led band who’ve been wooing and wowing audiences up and down the land with their compelling, jazzy blend of bluegrass, folk and alt-country. Their mesmerising shows have made them a must-see from Dingle to Derry, and on their recent trip to Nashville, where they’d been selected for the IBMA songwriter showcase and EBMA band showcase at The World of Bluegrass Week, they were warmly welcomed into the Daughters Of Bluegrass family.
Wookalily turf out timeless songs from the bogs of Northern Ireland to the bayous of Louisiana. Having been swamped in both musical traditions they’ve managed to create a transatlantic sound that is authentic yet quirky.
Between hammerin’ out the harmonies, slammin’ on the geetars, slappin’ the bass, beatin the drums, pickin’ on the banjos (not to mention the banjo player) and chopping on the fiddle it’s a miracle Wookalily haven’t been arrested for cruelty to expensive musical instruments. Despite their reckless ways they’ve managed to create a unique and distinctive sound that’s all heart. Their style, sometimes referred to among the lilys as chillbilly roots, has an old-timey feel with a young-timey appeal.
Notable performances include:
The World of Bluegrass Week, Nashville
The annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival, Omagh
The Danny Boy Festival, Limavady
Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival, Donegal
Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival
Greystones Americana and Roots Festival, Dublin
Dalriada Festival, Glenarm Castle
Stripes and Stars Americana Festival, Derry
The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Belfast
The Open House Festival/Chillifest Main stage, Belfast
The Ards International Guitar Festival, Newtownards
The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
The Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival
Blues On The Bay, Warrenpoint
Get Down With The Blues, Downpatrick
The Maiden City Festival (Bluegrass on the Walls), Derry
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