Five women, ten instruments; Wookalily weave a sonic world full of wonder, mystery and mayhem, creating a cinematic soundtrack that’s otherworldly. They will keep you awed and bemused with their folk-noir vibrations, low bowing double bass, four part harmonies, piano, banjo, psychedelic flutes, drunk trumpet and more.
Wookalily’s upcoming second album, entitled Everything is Normal... 'Except the Little Things Inside My Head' was recorded on analogue equipment by award-winning producer Julie McLarnon (The Vaselines, Jeffrey Lewis, Lankum, King Creosote). It is a grown-up, monochrome, gently melancholy successor to 2015’s technicolour and gleefully riotous 'All The Waiting While' – a debut album that generated a wave of gigs around UK, Ireland and further afield. They are heard regularly in session for the BBC, UTV, Irish TV on Sky and RTE (TV and Radio) including a BBC4 documentary series featuring Midge Ure and Rhod Gilbert.
Audiences savour the rootsy fare they serve up. They flush your head clean; the buzz being generated is zingy, punk-spirited and exhilarating. Live shows are orchestrated to have all the grace and excitement of being flung from a spinning carousel. This is folk music that has ambitions to gatecrash rockier indie-pop circles. A rush of fresh air.
Notable performances: support to Martha Wainwright at Soma, The Limelight Belfast, Spice of Life Soho, Nells Jazz and Blues Kensington, IBMA songwriter's showcase in Nashville and upcoming dates at Electric Picnic Co.Laois and Red Rooster Festival Suffolk.
"Wookalily have penned some great songs for their second album. Pre-production has been really enjoyable and I'm excited to be on board. It's going to be an organic classic, imagine The Roches joining the Incredible String Band, well that's the road we're on..."
- Julie McLarnon, Annalogue Catalogue Recording Studios
'Wookalily's second album promises to be a glorious and perhaps unexpected development from the first one - a work of the same spirit but now with added depth. Where the songs of the first album were upbeat and quirky, those of the second are mesmerising, dreamlike and reflective. It's the fire at midnight and mug of cocoa to the madcap day in the country that went before. It'll be fantastic!'
“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, Music Author (The Independent, Irish Times, Irish News, Q, Mojo)
“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
“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
“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)
“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
“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
“One of the most exciting new arrivals on the bluegrass scene – Ireland’s answer to The Be Good Tanyas”
– Mike Davies, Folking.com
“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.
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