Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Rackhouse Pilfer on Irish TV over the Xmas!!

We're performing on nationwide TV 3 times over the Christmas holidays... 
We'll be dueting with Sandy Kelly a legend in Irish music who has previously dueted with Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson!! The first show is a celebration of the music of Johnny Cash today Christmas Day at 7:50pm on TG4..
Then the 28th Dec the second show is dedicated to Hank Williams Senior 9:15pm TG4...
And New Years Eve 8:50pm on a show celebrating the music of Patsy Cline on TG4 also.... Tune in and enjoy..
Happy Christmas... #rackhousepilfer

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Going to Nashville Tennessee!!

This day next month we'll be waking up in 'Music City' Nashville Tennessee to start work on our next album. We've decided to do it the old fashioned way and blitz it in two weeks. With Brad Jones Producing the album in his studio 'Alex the Great' recording studio.
The plan is to arrive home in Ireland on the 7th of February with the finished album!!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

'Sligo's the Parting Glass'

Here's a short film we cameo in & Rackhouse fiddler Fiachra plays on the soundtrack...
The film was made by a collaboration of Sligo creative friends to highlight the thriving music scene & beauty of Sligo ahead of the All Ireland Fleadh to be held in Sligo in August 2014. 
A local publican & friend of ours Colin Gillen was the mastermind behind the film & a number of Sligo's pubs, film makers, musicians & patrons got on board to make it possible...
It's a twist on the very successful Tullamore Dew Ad 'The Parting Glass'.

Monday, 9 December 2013

New Album Launch Tour 2014

We are planning a tour of Ireland for April 2014 to celebrate the launch of our 2nd Album. The songs are written, demo-ed & road tested at gigs and we are ready to get recording in Nashville in January.
It's a very exciting time for the Rackhouse lads & we can't wait to get started on the album!!
Keep an eye out on our webpage & Facebook
where we will be announcing the tour dates in the new year!!
If you want us to bring our tour to your town or local venue, drop us an email at

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

No idea we met 'The Stig' this Monday!!

No idea we had Ben Collins, aka The Stig off  BBC's Top Gear, at our McGarrigles gig last Monday 'til he tweeted about us...  Class!!!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

We're busy booking festivals & gigs for 2014

All the summer festivals are over for this year! Here's a shot from the very success first year of 'Rock In the Green' Cooloney!!
The Rackhouse lads are looking forward to releasing our new album in the new year & the summer festival season ahead!!!
To book us send us an email at

Monday, 18 November 2013

The final countdown!!

We're in the final 24 hours of our Fund It campaign and it's been an incredible experience for all of us! We're 117% funded at this stage and have 197 funders on our campaign, all of whom will be given special thanks on our album sleeve! Anyone who still wants to make a pledge can do so by following this link Rackhouse Pilfer Fund it .

Massive thanks to everyone for their support - we wouldn't be bringing out a second album without you and that's the truth! We're going to be celebrating tonight with a good ol' Hillbilly hoedown at our regular Monday night session in Tricky's McGarrigles so get on your stetsons, your plaid shirts, your daisy dukes and join us for a serious night of stompin!!!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Nashville here we come!!!

Thank you everyone who supported our campaign, we have exceeded our target with a week to spare. The support & goodwill we recieved has been incredible!! The date is now set, January 2014, to begin the new Album in Nashville. This will be an amazing opportunity to make the album of our life & 2014 a big Rackhouse Pilfer year!!!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Big news confirmed for Rackhouse Pilfer 2nd Album!!

Some big news just confirmed for us and a major boost to our album plans. Nashville, Tennessee is where we are heading in January to record our second album! We couldn't possibly think of a better place to bring our style of music and get the best out of our sound!!
We'll be working with producer Brad Jones in his studio 'Alex the Great Studios'!! The studios have produced the work of diverse artists and bands such as Lambchop,  Yo La Tengo, Robert Earl Keen and Gomez and producer Brad Jones has worked with Steve Earle, Ron Sexsmith. We have been working on all original songs for this album & have been busy writing for the last year!! To get the best out of the new songs we have been demo recording them in Lake Studios (Boyle where we made our 1st album) & also we have been trying out the songs live at shows!! Now we feel ready to make the album & we are so exciting to get to make it in Nashville!!!!

To help finance 50% of the cost we have been running a campain & it is nearing its final week and is 80% to target!!! If you want to pledge to us & help us realise our dreams. Then check out Rackhouse Pilfer on

Monday, 28 October 2013

Balcony TV acoustic version of 'Bright Lights'

We did a live acoustic song for BalconyTV Dublin a few weeks ago... Hard to capture Rackhouse Pilfer on 2 wee microphones... We had great craic with Tom the presenter.. 
Thanks BalconyTV...

Imelda May & Rackhouse Pilfer!!

We got a quick chat with Imelda after the show on Saturday. She's lovely & down to earth!! Tonight is our final gig to this years Sligo Live Festival!!! We had a great one. Thanks to all the great folk who came out to support both us & all the amazing bands that played this weekend!
The crowds made it!!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Support gig to Imelda May @Sligo Live Festival!!

Big thanks to Sligo Live & Imelda May!!
& everyone who came to the gigs yesterday.
What a great day of music in Sligo.
We're very thankful to have been asked to
support Imelda on the main stage!!!
The Festival continues until Monday.
We play in the Garavouge Pub this afternoon 
& McGarrigles tomorrow night will be
a great finale to the Festival...

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

RTE Radio 1 live performance

Hi folks, an update from the Pilfers! We've been having an incredible two weeks since we launched our fund it campaign. We've reached 40% of our target and have an incredible 96 donors on board!

We're very grateful to everyone who has come on board and to all the people who have offered to run various fundraising events in the coming weeks to help us with the campaign including The Snug Bar who will host a table quiz tonight, Wednesday 23rd Oct, Tricky's McGarrigles who will raise funds at our gig on Monday Oct 28th, Furey's Spooktacular Open Mic night on Wednesday 30th Oct and Suzy Petersen who will be running a cake sale in November - more details to come   .. BIG thanks to you all.

We have just had a whirlwind 24 hours, we played our usual stompin' Monday night in McGarrigles, packed up after and drove straight to Dublin, slept for 2 hours before heading into the RTE Radio 1 studios to chat with Miriam on the John Murray show and play a tune live, back into the van and back to Sligo. Phew! Have listen to the podcast here:
Rackhouse Pilfer on RTE Radio 1's John Murray show with Miriam Callaghan.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

2nd Album Fund It Campaign is live!!! Please Support & Share!!

So folks, our latest news: We are about to hit the studio to start work on our 2nd album this time of all originals and with a top London based producer. We are running a Fund it campaign to help us get this one off the ground.. Basically, a nice way to pre-order your album whilst helping to make it happen!! 
We'd appreciate all the likes and shares we can get on this one. Thanks everyone for your support :)

Click on the link to the 'Fund_It' page to see more!! Rackhouse_Pilfer_2nd_CD_'fund_it'

Monday, 23 September 2013

BalconyTV video shoot today!!

After a rocking gig last night in Whelans.. We got to perform our new song 'Bright Lights' live on BalconyTV...
It'll be a few weeks before it's put up online... Great craic, thanks Tom & all at BalconyTV!!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Rackhouse Pilfer to support Imelda May @ Sligo Live Festival this October!!!

We're delighted to have been asked to support the fabulous 'Imelda May' in Sligo Live Festival.
The doors open @ 8pm Saturday the 26th of October & tickets are on sale here.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Our new Songs got their live debut in Mcgarrigles last night!!!

The new songs have been written an' arranged for the next album & last night were excitedly tested out live in McGarrigles Sligo!!! 
To our home crowd... 
Stage 2 complete.
Stage 3 now is to gig them the next few weeks & tighten them up!!!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Thanks to everyone at the Omagh Festival!!

The Omagh Appalachian & Bluegrass Festival last weekend was a class festival & a very special moment for us!! Thanks so much to everyone for the warm support!!!
There's so many encouraging and sweet messages coming in on our Facebook page...  We are humbled by the reaction!!
See you all soon & hopefully back in Omagh next year!!!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

In the studio today...

Finishing off the last of the demos for the next album... And the new songs are sounding rockin'!!
Got our producer arriving Monday to work on the tracks ahead of the start of recording in October...

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

This coming weekend, we're playing at Omagh Bluegrass Festival

Looking forward to this one!!
We'll be playing a few sets in the afternoon fri/sat/sun in the bluegrass in the park section of the festival.
See ye there if ye're around!!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Here's a piece of a published storty, featuring a small local gig someone caught of us... 6 months ago perhaps..

It was shared with us recently & is beautifully written!!! Thanks!!!

'Thank you' to everyone that helped & supported us on our recent Euro Tour

The 'Rackhouse Pilfer' lads would like to send out a huge 'Thank You!!!' to everyone that helped, supported & showed us such great hospitality on our recent European Tour...
(Dubbed the 'Gowanyahoonya Tour' ;)

See you all next time!!!
Lugano, Switzerland
Lugano, Switzerland
La Roche, France
Lake Garda, Italy

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Our 1st tour of Europe starts this Wednesday

We'll be hitting the road Wednesday for a tour of Europe!! First stop will be The French Alps where we will be playing at "La Roche Bluegrass Festival" 3rd Aug!!!

After that we play Morcote Italy on the 3rd Aug & Lugano Switzerland Wednesday the 7th August.

Then onto Mandstock Festival in the Italian Alps near Lake Garda, 8th Aug.

Finishing up in Switzerland where we'll be playing a gig in Teserete on 9th Aug & a Festival in Eisenbeiz on Saturday week (10th Aug).
Looking forward to these!!!!

Then we drive straight back to Sligo for McGarrigles on Monday the 12th Aug.

Here's a mention we got in Norwegian news paper article on Sligo!!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Review of our Launch night at the 'Model Niland' Sligo

Only spotting this review now,,,  a little late as it was posted in May : )
Anyway better late than never to acknowledge the kind words!!
Thanks to all at the Model for helping to making the night so special!!

The link is below if you fancy reading this great review ...

Monday, 8 July 2013

'Angela' is a new original track we are working on,,,

Rackhouse Pilfer have been working hard on originals for the next album,,,
Here's a sneak peak of one of our new tunes...
Sung live on the Pier at Mullaghmore Sligo

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Rackhouse Pilfer Anderwood Sessions Video

Really enjoyed making this video last week, over a 1,000 views since its gone live a few days ago.. Wow.!! Class!!
We've another one made to go live next week.... For one of our new original songs 'Angela'...  

Friday, 28 June 2013

New live video made this week at Mullaghmore for Anderwood Guitars

Anderwood Guitars UK asked us to feature their weissenborn/lapsteel in a couple of songs... So we headed to Mullaghmore Pier & here's the first of 2 videos we came up with.. 
A big thanks to Peter Clyne & all at Anderwood Guitars!!!
& if you like it, please share!!!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Our latest album review 'FATEA' Acoustic Music Magazine UK

Quote from the review
'There is an infectious energy about all ten tracks on this album. It sounds like they are having a great time and you just can't help turning the volume dial up a little, then a little more and then a little bit more again.' 
John 'The Jacket' Hawes

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Rackhouse Pilfer - 'The Mountain'

While we were shooting a video for 'Shack Number Nine' with Peter Clyne under Knocknarea Mountain, Co. Sligo, Ireland. Peter captured an impromtu performance of 'The Mountain'. 'The Mountain' is a timeless song written by Steve Earle & has been sung by Levon Helm. We'd like to dedicate our version to Frank Ellis & Levon Helm.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Monday, 13 May 2013

Whelans 19th & 26th and soul picnic Dublin city festival 26th May

Looking forward to the next 2 Sundays coming up in Whelans Dublin 7pm 19th & 26th of May...
And soul picnic Festival Merrion Square we're playing at 3pm on the 26th May...
The Soul Picnic will be a great family festival on the 25th & 26th May.
Free to attend but adults please make a donation to the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity before you leave!!
All details on the link below.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Rackhouse Pilfer play @ Laghey Blast Festival 2013, today Sunday 5th May 7pm

Our first Festival of the Summer....   Laghey Blast Festival 2013 in Donegal.
We kick of on the main stage at 7pm this evening (Sunday May Bank holiday).

Saturday, 27 April 2013

We're back in Whelans, Wexford St, Dublin again this Sunday 28th April,,,  
Live from the front bar from 7 - 9pm ,,,
Here's a clip from last week,,,

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

This Sunday we'll be in Dublin 7 - 9pm in Whelans Pub!! Free Entry!!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Filming for TG4 show celebrating the music of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline

Here's photo's from our fun day filming in D Light studios Dublin with Sandy Kelly for a TG4 show celebrating the music of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. This show will air in September with other performances by Republic of loose, Brian Kennedy, Jack L, Camille and some more Irish artists and their versions of Cash, Hank and Patsy songs!!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Here's a link to a run of Sunday Evening Gigs we have coming up in Whelans Dublin to promote the album...
Really looking forward to them, all are welcome & it's free entry.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Back home tonight in @McGarrigles Sligo 9pm

Our regular Monday nights are a great wind down after a busy weekend on the road promoting the new Album (which included a few van breakdowns, multiple string breaks & a Doner Kebab or 2).
Tonight we're back to our spiritual home @McGarrigles Sligo 9pm.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Rackhouse Pilfer - Album 'Back to the Country' 16/03/13

'Rackhouse Pilfer were born out of a fireside session that grew in popularity so much they needed to 'plug in' to be heard'

Rackhouse Pilfer are a six-piece bluegrass, folk, alt-country and Americana Band based in Sligo, on the northwest coast of Ireland.

Formed in 2012 through lifelong musical friendships and bands ranging from folk and blues, to American country, traditional Irish music and even heavy metal. These early influences have brought the band to a radically distinctive sound and high octane performance on stage. Along with original songs, the band performs bluegrass & folk songs, old-time country songs & reinterpretations of their favourite artists/music.
Building on our successful album launch 'Back to the Country' Rackhouse are touring all over Ireland & Europe this summer to promote their Debut Album. Having formed in 2012 the lads are very excited about having come so far in such a short time. 'Sligo has been very good to us!!! But now it's time let the rest of the world see what we can do & make Sligo proud'!!!

"Rackhouse Pilfer's great energy and musicianship was one of the highlights of our show at Sligo Live. They'll create a stir wherever they go".  
John Murray, The John Murray Show, RTE Radio 1

"We literally had to turn our punters away such were the large crowds that these guys drew. Currently a word of mouth phenomenon but not for long. The lads are the whole package; musically gifted, entertainers, incredibly professional and a delight to work with."
Deirdre Melvin, Associate Producer, Sligo Live Festival 2012

"a fiery and exciting new band from Sligo, Rackhouse Pilfer's music exudes energy and confidence making them a name to watch for"
John O'Regan, Music Journalist (writes freelance for FRoots magazine, Mojo & Irish Music Magazine) 

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