Based in the West of Ireland, Billow Wood produce original music that can be considered Folk with trad, pop influences. Their fresh sound integrates Irish instrumentation (harp, tin-whistle, accordion, fiddle) and mainstream sounds (guitar, bass and percussion) with mainstream pop/folk vocals and harmonies.
The band is made up of Ciara O' Donnell (whistles, flute, bodhran, vocals), Brid O' Donnell (accordion, vocals), Harry Lawlor (guitar, harp, vocals) and Mark O' Donnell (fiddle, guitar, vocals).
Following the release of their debut EP “Can You See Me” to a sell out crowd in Whelans music venue, they were featured in Volume 41 issue 21 of the very prestigious Hot Press magazine in their 'Rising Acts You Should Keep an Eye and Ear on' section. Their first single “Turn Out The Light” was the official song for Pieta House fundraising campaign “On Your Bike to Save a Life”, which they showcased live in Today Fm with Fergal Darcy. Their singles 'Two Doves and ‘Pushin’ and Shovin’' were both featured as JOE.ie's song of the Day upon their release, and received a fantastic response from the followers of the site.
The group have been working hard on their craft showcasing their original material on a US tour, taking in Orlando, Nashville, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Boston and Milwaukee on their travels with funding from Culture Ireland. They have built up a rapport with german audiences with a 19 theatre concert folk tour, as well as gracing many well known Irish music venues.
Billow Wood are extremely proud and excited to have released their debut studio album 'Walls of Caves' this year. The album was launched to a sell out crowd in their home town of Ballina as apart of the Other Voices Music Trail. The group were set to embark on tour dates in Europe and North America to promote their debut album, however due to Covid-19 restrictions the group had to cut their tour short in Luxemburg and France and return home. Fingers crossed their 32 theatre concerts with the Irish Folk Festival will go ahead in Germany at the end of the year.
During the pandemic lockdown, Billow Wood were thrilled to have music from their debut album 'Walls Of Caves' receive airplay from Today FM, RTE Radio One, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, Radio Na Gaeltachta as well as a number of regional and local radio stations.
We look forward to see where our musical journey takes us over the next year.
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Walls of Caves debut album Reference:
'This is indeed an impressive debut, brimful of confidence in all departments and a pocketful of upful songs that'll take Billow Wood around the world a fair few times'
Jackie Hayden - Hot Press Magazine
'Billow Wood hit the ground running with their dynamic fusion of folk an trad, blended with meatier pop-rock rhythms'
Pet O'Connell - Irish Examiner
'Walls of Caves is an exciting, energetic, harmony driven album by Billow Wood - an Irish indie-folk act with a contemporary take on the traditional'
Gerry McNally - Folk and Tumble
'It's got a modern, vibrant, exhuberant, danceable feel to it which should lead to blowin the rafters off manys a venue'
Barry Britton - Artist
‘Be prepared for their unique brand of instrumentation, multi-vocals and harmonies' – InspireMe
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