Career Highlights - Sold 1,000 CDs as an independent artist. - 700+ shows in 6 years in 42 US States. - Press From NPR, NY Times, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. - Opened for David Dondero, Sharon Van Etton, Deertick, The Low Anthem, Noa Babayof, Ekoostik Hookah and Timber Timbre.
FRIDAY, JULY 12TH KIERNAN MCMULLAN w/special guests SHEL
8:30pm Show 8pm Door $10 Admission All-ages Show
American Cadence Records Artist Kiernan McMullan releases New EP During UK Tour (Nashville, Tenn. – February 12th, 2013) Irish-Australian artist Kiernan McMullan recently finished recording his second EP titled Company, and is set to release on April 1st. Company precedes his third full-length record to be released later this year. As a touring veteran averaging about 250 dates per year, the majority of McMullan’s songs were written about the road. This next release offers a fresh take on an old subject. “I don’t write love songs. But looking at it from a different perspective, Company is a collection of anti-love songs expressing themes that aren’t really present in popular music,” says McMullan. The five song EP features his intricate songwriting, and includes songs covering anti-love, complacency, loneliness, and love gone wrong, with an underlying love for a great hook. This record picks up where he left off on his last full-length album, Two Years, and is sure satisfy his loyal fan base as well as new listeners looking for music across the singer-songwriter, soul and acoustic genres.
This EP marks his fourth release and can be heard live starting February 23rd at War Memorial, where he will be opening for Dave Mason. McMullan will embark on his next tour through the United Kingdom, starting in Ireland and coinciding with his April 1st EP release.
For the past ten years, McMullan has made an international impression as a soulful acoustic songwriter, performing at sold-out shows, festivals and tour dates with well-established talent such as Sheryl Crow, Ed Sheeran and Mat Kearney, to name a few. With nothing but a plane ticket, a hiking bag, and a guitar, he flew to the US, hitched and bussed from gig to gig, and played shows every other day. His last album, Two Years, was recorded in Ireland as his second full-length album and tells the story of his first two years spent in America. For more information about Kiernan McMullan visit http://www.kiernanmcmullan.com/fr_home.cfm
The high-altitude town of Fort Collins, Colorado is abundant in bicycles, awash in craft beer and rich in arts of all kinds. Understanding the town’s unique cultural brew begins (but only begins) to explain the novel sound of SHEL. Four sisters, raised in an atmosphere of creative freedom and diligent study, have honed their musical skills surgically sharp and blended their personalities and visions into a unified whole. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand-made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim.
Sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza were born within five years of each other. Raised and home-schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother, they dove into music young. Hannah was first to take classical lessons on piano. Then it was Sarah on violin, Liza on harp and Eva on mandolin. Liza switched to the drums upon discovery of her passion for polyrhythm. Then in the early 2000s, they started working up and performing songs with their father. Over time, Eva stepped forward as the lead vocalist. Andrew Holbrook with SHEL became SHEL with Andrew Holbrook—and then just SHEL.
A friend of the family made a connection with Grammy-winning producer Brent Maher, an artist development guru with a long track record of hit singles and artistic breakthroughs. Over three years of unhurried experimentation and recording, SHEL completed two EPs and grew immeasurably. Now, their most complete and thought-out work to date is here in the form of a self-titled, debut album.
Nestled within SHEL’s enveloping sound, wisps of folk revival, vaudeville, renaissance fairs and steam-punk esthetic blur around one another. Allusions abound to their core influences—The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson and acoustic super-group Strength In Numbers—but you’ve never heard this before. Tracks such as “Tuscany” borrow liberally from their classical training, yet there’s nothing ponderous or unapproachable about them. “The Wise Old Owl” showcases their daring, fanciful vocal arrangements. They revel in strong dynamics, so a single song like “Stained” can grow from airy lace to a driving, white-water rush. They are richly feminine, but they don’t shy from covering Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore.” Above all, there’s variety and creativity. Pure acoustic tone is best when it’s best, but if an electric mandolin or special effect is called for, they let the song dictate the production.
SHEL has achieved many benchmarks that point to a full and fruitful career ahead. They’ve played public radio’s Etown, Echoes, South by Southwest, Nashville’s Music City Roots, Lilith Fair and numerous other distinguished festivals. In addition, they have songs in national television ad campaigns for Splenda, Glade and a song featured in CBS series, Jersey Girl. One does not have to be floating on the updraft of their blended voices to predict a bright future for SHEL. For more information about SHEL visit http://shelmusic.com/
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Who has performed at House of Valdar?
Recently on CONAN O'BRIEN and APRAIRIE HOMECOMPANION -THE MILK CARTON KIDS (Joey Ryan & Kenneth Pattengale)
ARI HERSTAND has opened for Ben Folds, Cake, Eric Hutchinson, Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin and Ron Pope and had his music featured on popular TV shows like One Tree Hill and various Showtime and MTV shows. He landed co-starring roles on 2 Broke Girls on CBS and TOUCH on FOX.
IAN THOMAS has shared the stage with John Hammond, Cyril Neville, Corey Harris, The Wood Brothers, The Avett Brothers, Reverend Goat and Dr. John and has performed at festivals, including Bonnaroo, Pickathon and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
The music of NATHAN MATHES has been used in several national television and radio shows, with placements on MTV, Public Television and Public Radio.
THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR had a rare sweep of six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. They opened for Aerosmith at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.
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