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On February 13th, 2017 Compass Records of Nashville, announced the signing of Dublin-based roots band, I Draw Slow.

The label said of the band “Their combination of compelling song-writing, exuberant live performances and passion for tradition make I Draw Slow a perfect fit for Compass Records, a label with a long history of working with Irish artists within their diverse roster of roots music.”

The band is fronted by siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) Holden who have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with violinist Adrian Hart, clawhammer banjo player Colin Derham, and double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow.

Compass said it was seeing the band live that was the clincher, “First, we noticed how they got the crowd involved in what they were doing. Their energy is truly infectious,” says Garry West of Compass Records . “Then we noticed that their CDs and merchandise were flying off the shelves in the festival store. That kind of immediate response is always going to get our attention! But more than anything we’ve been impressed with the strength of the song-writing, the sibling harmony and the musical proficiency of the band. They are truly dedicated to their craft.”

The band has a short US tour lined up in April to celebrate signing to Compass.

Philadelphia Folksong Society, Philadelphia, PA
21 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3,New York, NY
22 Winter Village and La Tourelle, Ithaca, NY
23 Nelson Odeon, Cazenovia, NY
25 Davidson College, Davidson, NC
26 ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall - Asheville, NC
29 MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC
30 Hill Center’s American Roots Music Series, Washington, DC

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