Castlederg, County Tyrone
From inauspicious beginnings in the middle of the last decade, playing a supposedly one-off show as a favour for their local bar, The Logues are now one of the most sought-after live acts in their native Ireland and beyond, due to their inimitable 'psycho ceilidh', 'whiskey-soaked folk' style and raucous performances.
The five piece band come from the tiny border of town of Castlederg in County Tyrone. After a few years playing jam sessions in dens of ill repute, the band decided to seek pastures new, armed with the irreverent songwriting chops of tin whistle/bassist Logan McCool. The self-recorded and released Tough at the Bottom (2011) reflected this. Comin' of Age (2016) shared much of the former's frenetic, folk punk elements but also marked a progression in sound to elements of singer-songwriter and Americana.
These LPs and the live shows soon gained the attention of promoters in Europe and the U.S; the band now appear regularly on the European circuit and will perform their first American show this summer at Iowa Irish Fest. Late 2019 will also see the release of their new EP. Further gig listings and information on upcoming releases can be found on thelogues.com.