|Sunday 02 June 2019 @ 02:00pm : -
Five women, ten instruments; Wookalily weave a sonic world full of wonder, mystery and mayhem. Creating a cinematic soundtrack that transports you to another realm, these ladies manage to keep you awed and bemused with their folk-noir troubadour tales, low bowing double bass, four part harmonies, piano, banjo, psychedelic flutes and more. Just hot off finishing their second album with award winning producer and engineer Julie McLarnon (Lankum, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan) at Analogue Catalogue Studios, these ladies have honed their trade into something classic, timeless and organically superb.
Wookalily released their debut EP Black Magic Doll in 2011. Their song ‘Diamonds And Gold’ gained them a showcase at the prestigious IBMA WOB Festival, Nashville 2012. They recorded for Country Music Hall-Of-Famer Dixie Hall’s Pickin’ Like A Girl compilation in 2013 – the only non-American band to do so. Their own debut album All The Waiting While was released in November 2014. It’s rumbling along nicely with lots of airplay and humbling acclaim from fellow musicians worldwide. In 2016 they were scouted by Warner Bros Wall to Wall Productions for a BBC4 documentary featuring Midge Ure and Rhod Gilbert. They have opened stages for the likes of Martha Wainwright and Bap Kennedy to name a few.
May the Wook be with you!
"Wookalily were the best band we discovered in Northern Ireland for UK’s Best Part-time Band. Their fantastic cover of Abba’s Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) brought down the house at the Limelight, Belfast. A great all girl group showing the boys how it should be done." ~ Tom Willis, series producer, UK’s Best Part-time Band, March 2017
"All The While Waiting (One-A-Chord Records) is an incredibly brilliant album from the Northern Irish band Wookalily by American root influenced Irish folk class. These four young women throwing their original songs much authenticity, fire and exuberance. The songs are of exceptional quality, the song mixes a wonderful sounding femininity with a sharpness that is inimitable. It’s one word to enjoy the real roots enthusiast." ~ Muziekis NL, 9th May 2016
"Ireland has a wonderful musical heritage thanks to the passing on of skills from generation to generation, father to son and mother to daughter. Add a series of outside influences some great songwriting and you have Wookalily. The all female band, four Irish and one Welsh, make a glorious noise guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a skip in your step" ~ Midge Ure OBE, Thin Lizzy, Ultravox & Band Aid, 18th January 2016
"Eight arms, eight legs and flying on a high protein diet of joyous musical energy, that’s Wookalily – catch them if you can!" ~ Colum Sands, The Folk Club BBC Radio Ulster (Official), March 2015
"These four young women could (should!) turn out to be the roots music find of the decade. Their playing and arrangements almost defy superlatives." ~ Mike Morrison, Americana Roots UK, 14th December 2014
"One of the most exciting new arrivals on the bluegrass scene – Ireland’s answer to The Be Good Tanyas" ~ Mike Davies, Folking.com, 25th November 2014
"Wookalily are the most brilliant, intoxicating and life-enhancing band I’ve heard in 20 years – not only from Northern Ireland, from anywhere. Lindsay Crothers is a vocal sensation. It’s unbelievable that these people can still be seen for free in bars around Belfast." ~ Colin Harper, author of Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British folk and blues revival etc, November 2014