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Since their initial discovery by Pixie Pace Records on the award-winning folk compendium released by ARC Music in 2014, The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk [liner notes by John O’Regan], The Young Folk are filling venues both at home in The Emerald Isle and overseas.
While The Young Folk have performed widely in Ireland’s festivals, venues and showcases, they are fully committed to expanding their fanbase overseas. With this in mind, they are rapidly becoming national favourites in The Netherlands [x 2 Paradiso] and have also performed extensively in the UK, France, Germany, Scandinavia, the USA and Canada. Along the way, TYF have bagged support slots for Midlake, Imelda May and Clannad and featured at Manchester’s Whiskey Sessions alongside I am Kloot, Gomez, Turin Brakes, Badly Drawn Boy, British Sea Power and Jon Allen.
TYF are also festival favourites including performances at Belgium’s Dranouter Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival, Electric Picnic and Cornbury as well as numerous occasions for live TV appearances on Ireland’s RTE’s Saturday Night Live and Nick and Simon’s The Dream [The Netherlands]. The band was requested by special invitation from the CEO of Vintage TV for a live session performing Way Home from The Little Battle alongside Fairground Attraction and hard rockers Thunder. This lead to an off-the-cuff rendition of Fred Neil’s classic folk-rock hit single Everybody’s Talkin’ with Scottish singer Maggie Reilly, rehearsed once and performed on live TV with perfect vocal harmonies from Paul Butler, Tony McLoughlin and Anthony Furey. Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins ranks as their most notable fan to date after he organised for them to perform at a private function at his residence.
As part of their whirlwind London tour of select Caffè Nero shops as Artists of the Month [Nov, 2014], The Young Folk showcased at the BBC’s own Caffè Nero where they were introduced to radio and TV producers, winning a legion of new fans in the process.