Written by: Mike Dimitriou
Philadelphia-based Celtic-tinged folk-rock collective River Drivers has announced their new album Big Oak Road will be released in early October.
Ahead of this, they are offering a taster of their high-energy blend of Celtic-Americana via the double A-side single “Children’s March (Mother Jones)” / “Going Once.”
River Drivers is a collective anchored by Kevin McCloskey (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass) and Mindy Murray (vocals, guitar, banjo, bass) with accompaniment by Marian Moran (tin whistle, low whistle, concertina, melodica) and Meagan Ratini (fiddle, Irish flute, tin whistle), and their high energy music explores pervasive themes of hard-working men and women and elements of social justice.
This sonic offering is a suitable example of the band’s intentions and style. Influenced by the likes of Billy Bragg, Christy Moore, Ewan MacColl, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Paul McKenna Band and Altan, River Drivers’ distinct flavor of music is a deeply satisfying sum of its parts.
You can catch them live in the following dates:
Sept 13 Philadelphia, PA – 45th Annual Irish Festival (8 pm)
Sept 21 Buckingham, PA – The Peace Fair
Oct. 18 Philadelphia, PA (CD release concert) – TBA
Nov. 02 Waretown, NJ – Albert Music Hall (10 pm)
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