Jack of Diamonds Festival: Ones to Watch

jack-of-diamondsJack of Diamonds dominated KnockanStockan with their stage this year and now they’re setting us up for a glorious weekender Rhythm’n’Roots festival containing some of the best acts around, starting tonight! Check out the acts that you’d be a fool to miss! Remember, all gigs at this fest are entirely free, so you’d be mad not to catch some shows!


Arrow in the Sky
Arrow in The Sky are a duo of multi-instrumentalists hailing from Mullingar, Westmeath. They’ve released two mini-albums in 2009 & 2011 that were incredibly well received. Expect impeccably well-written gorgeous folk tunes and a duo that are a force to be reckoned with within the irish folk world.
They take to The Workman’s Club stage at 8.30pm.

Gypsy Rebel Rabble
Gypsy Rebel Rabble are a six-piece from Dublin, who say on occasion they invite “a few more messers” into their line-up. Whether they take to the stage as just a sextet, or are joined by more bluegrass folk hooligans, you’re in for a treat. They come ready with a steady reputation for energetic live gigs and a penchant for multi-vocalist tracks and sweet, sweet harmonies.
They hit the Mercantile Stage at 10pm. Don’t worry if you miss them, they also take to Dame Lane Stage East, Saturday at 7pm.

Liza Flume
Liza Flume is originally from Sydney but is now based in our lovely irish capital, and oh boy are we glad to have her here. A master of the loop pedal and possessor of a captivating and sometimes chilling voice, Liza really is one to watch. She’s a maestro of multi-layered tracks and it’s impossible to resist those charming dulcet tones…
Liza plays Whelan’s Top Room at 10.30pm.


I Draw Slow
I Draw Slow are a five-piece from Dublin consisting of two sibling songwriters, a fiddle player, a claw hammer banjo player and the ultimate ingredient for the perfect roots quintet… a double bassist. Swoon! Expect old-time americana roots folk goodness and some enchanting songwriting.
They take to Whelan’s Back Room at 9.30pm.

Redwoods are a rock pop quartet hailing from Greystones. They’ve garnered quite a lot of attention with some national airplay and a spot on The Late Late Show! Expect some edgy pop, catchy tunes that you won’t be able to stand still to and a killer ‘fro on the frontman..
They take to the Sweeney’s Top Floor stage at 10.30pm.

The Rusty Fixtures
The Rusty Fixtures caught my attention last year with track “Leave Me Where You Lay Me Down” and haven’t left my top played since. The Wexford natives are a five-piece band that fuse soul, folk, rock and reggae into quite the irresistible musical brew. They also played the Jack of Diamonds Shack at KnockanStockan to quite the reception, so we’re only delighted to have them back.
They play Dame Lane Stage West at 8pm.

Conor Linnie
Conor Linnie is a Wicklow native and folk singer-songwriter with lyrical and melodic skills that outdo most of his counterparts. His voice melts over complex plucks of his guitar leaving you utterly…hypnotised. He released his critically acclaimed debut album earlier this year and has been dominating the festival scene ever since. If you haven’t caught one of his sets yet, you’d be mad not to…
He plays Whelans Top Room at 12.30am.


Crow Black Chicken
Crow Black Chicken are a blues band from Clonmel who, since forming in 2009, have made thunderous waves. They took to the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2011 and have gone on to release their debut album Electric Soup in June of 2012. They have a bewitching southern drawl, rattling rhythms and that firm back line of blues holding it all together.
They play the Mercantile Sunday Roast that kicks off at 7pm.

The FitzaFrenic
The FitzaFrenic are an edgy ska rock band from Clondalkin, Dublin who have ust recently released their debut album “Chew The Fuse”. Latest single “One Can Van Damme” has been hailed as a “beauty of a track” by our reviewers. Expect raspy vocals, driving saxophones and an an energetic performance from this lot.
They take to the Sunday Roast too, so why not stick around there? Things kick off in the Mercantile at 7pm.

Tod Doyle & The Troubled
Folk collective Tod Doyle & The Troubled formed in Budapest just last year and miraculously released their debut album before 2013 was even over. They were shortlisted for MRU’s Newcomer of the Year last year and have been touring and promoting the album ever since. Expect lyrical tales of life’s absurdities and some glorious alt folk!
They grace the Whelans Front Room stage at 8pm.


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Laur Ryan

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