THE DRIFTWOOD MANOR
The Driftwood Manor mix Irish traditional music and folk with a range of other influences, from Eastern music to alternative rock and electronica. The band have released three albums since 2008 on a number of independent labels and were voted in The Irish Times’ writers Breakthrough Acts of the Year for 2011 following the release of their second album ‘The Same Figure (Leaving)’.
Three English tours in 2014 saw the band play to audiences in cities such as London, Bristol and Brighton. The Driftwood Manor also performed twice at 2014’s Electric Picnic and were among the headline acts at The Bath Folk Festival that August in the UK. The band’s last album, 2014’s Of the Storm, released on English label Stone Tape Recordings, received airplay on BBC Radio 3 among many others and was voted in the Folk Radio UK Albums of the Year for 2014.
In 2015, the band performed at Electric Picnic again (at Cathy Davey’s My Lovely Ranch Stage at the Trailerpark and The Bog Cottage at Body and Soul) and toured extensively. During this time they also recorded their latest album, For the Moon, which will be released on July 8 2016 by UK label Folkwit Records. Fraction of a Wolf was the first single to be released from the new album in February and received extensive airplay on RTE Radio among others.
“Eddie Keenan is steeped in the records of 1970s’ Irish and British folk, but more importantly, he is animated by their creative spirit, learning from it so he can move forward with his own creativity, and in the process producing something both recognisably folk and recognisably his own,” – The Galway Advertiser