Having been cast out, blacklisted, rejected and ejected from gentlemen’s clubs far and wide, five dejected cast asides joined forces in what was to be their own celebration of commonality.
Purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek.
2017 saw them maintain a relentless touring schedule across Europe with highlights including mainstage appearances at Glastonbury and Cambridge folk festival as well as an outing at Dutch centrepiece Eurosonic Noordeslaag and Glasgow's Celtic Connections. Their year concluded with the release of their second album "And Don't Spare The Horses" to critical acclaim.
"A triumph of a second album. . . An uproarious, riotous assembly of song, sin and celebration. . . A marvellously over the top long player. Long live The Eskies." - Narc Magazine
"Theatrical vocals, sleazy brass and guitar lines like Django Reinhart huffing petrol. . . Music that makes you want to swing from the chandeliers. . . Rowdier, Wilder and Weirder" - Gig Soup
"The Eskies pull off the difficult second album with a confident swagger" - Buzz Magazine
"Terrifically impudent music and delightfully defiant. . . Consistently colourful and compelling from commencement to conclusion"
- Pure M Zine
"With the release of 'And Don't Spare The Horses', they've finally got it spot on" - Goldenplec
"No sense of restraint (in a good way). . . You're never more than a few moments from an encounter with another boundary nudging moment. . . Ultimately a huge confirmation, hopes matched and any doubts dismissed and hopefully no horses harmed in the making of this music." - Fatea Records
“Stunningly original” - RNR Magazine
“Excuse me whilie I go and play this album again” - Shire Folk Magazine
“An album that pumps with energy and manages to be full of energy yet with a devilish glint in its eye” - Maverick Magazine