Mules & Men deliver some Roscommon flavored bluegrass

Irish bluegrass band Mules & Men released a new single, John Keavney to all digital platforms in March this year. The release comes in anticipation of the upcoming “Roscommon County Line” which will show that the band take a different approach to bluegrass music with original song-writing lauding the less celebrated parts of Ireland’s rural landscape and lifestyle.

“There aren’t enough songs about Roscommon’s grittier side”, said banjo player and vocalist Luke Coffey. “We all know about Folsom Prison, but about Castlerea Prison?” 

John Keavney packs a cautionary tale into its two-minute running time. 

A carpenter from Strokestown who becomes victim to an economic recession, John Keavney funds his wayward lifestyle by selling land that was in his family for generations. John Keavney ends up paying the price, losing everything he holds dear. 

Mules & Men have also released two other songs from the upcoming album to give fans a bit more music to listen to during these currently isolating times. 

Bow Lane West Exit is an epic ode to Dublin’s famous Liberties district, a consequence of Dublin native Paddy Cummins’ (Vocals, Mandolin) involvement in the group. “You can talk all you want about Roscommon and the country, but Dublin is where it’s at!”, he explained.

Business, a more reflective work, details an explorative journey through a world that doesn’t care. Or does it? “I just needed a breather from all the banjo to be honest” says Lily Sheehan (Vocal, Guitar). “Believe me, there is such a thing as too much banjo”. 

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Comment by Michael Harris on October 6, 2020 at 1:17

Wild bluegrass.  We were in County Mayo at Westport a few years ago and surprised to see signs about a bluegrass festival there.  Did not know bluegrass was popular in Ireland


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