Wookalily are quirky, in a good way. Folk-gothic troubadour tales, new-time mountain music, glorious melodic hooks and a drum kit which guarantees purists cover their ears. Five women (Adele, Sharon, Lyndsay, Lou and Clair): too girly to be a beat group, too funky to be a folk group, too good to miss.
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 also 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 local airplay and humbling acclaim from fellow musicians worldwide. They were scouted by Warner Bros Wall to Wall Productions for BBC4 documentary featuring Midge Ure and Rhod Gilbert 2016 and made it to the NATIONS final. TV appearances also include BBC2 NI Music Night at Brownlow, Irish TV, NVTV and UTV. Radio play includes BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Shropshire and RTE. They signed a publishing deal 2017 so their music will be on the Warner Chappell catalogue. This year they are recording their second album with much sought after producer Julie McLarnon at Analogue Catalogue and will be opening for Martha Wainwright at Soma festival as part of their summer tour.
Lyndsay Crothers is a vocalist combining Sandy Denny soul and Janis Joplin power; Adele Ingram’s songs are redolent of Arlo Guthrie and Chris Smither in their gentle melange of whimsy, and melodies which linger in the mind; Sharon Morgan plays lead guitar, banjo, bass and is responsible for designing and painting the cover of the bands debut album – now the visual embodiment of all things Wookalily. Cardiff Lou Potter keeps the beat time after time with her John Bonham meets Animal from The Muppets handy work on drums. Last but not least Clair McGreevy hammers out her trad laced Irish wiles on lead guitar, fiddle, flute, concertina, bouzouki and mandolin. All 5 of these women together create an almighty force.
“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
“The entire record is one of beauty. For all those people who are fans of Nashville, especially Clare Bowens (AKA Scarlett), work, then this album is for you. A bluegrass, folk, acoustic combination that is mesmerizing. I am totally in love with it and I am sure everyone who comes across it will be too.”
– Alannah Morrow, GiggingNI.com, 2nd October 2015
“All The Waiting While is like a breath of fresh air. Strong songs, passionate playing and harmonies to die for. Irresistable.”
– Ralph McLean, local voices and McLean’s Country BBC Radio Ulster (Official), March 2015
“Wookalily make excellent music and All The Waiting While is a really impressive album. The songs are memorable, the ensemble playing is joyous and it’s always a treat to see the band performing these tunes live. Quite the achievement.”
– Stuart Bailie, BBC Radio Ulster (Official) and CEO Oh Yeah Music Centre, February 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
“If you think there’s no high energy music around, listen to Wookalilly’s new album. All the Waiting While is full of great, high energy playing, great harmonies, fine funny lyrics….the girls done real good”
– Barry Devlin, bass player, vocalist and front man with Horslips, producer, screen writer and director, November 2014