Tupelo is an Irish award winning critically acclaimed original alt folk act with burgeoning live reputation led by charismatic lead singer.
Tupelo is an award-winning alt-folk act from Ireland inspired by Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey encompassing different musical backgrounds. With two albums behind them and a third on the way, led by their charismatic singer, Tupelo’s energetic live shows have captivated and enthralled many around the world.
Tupelo is an award-winning alt-folk act from Ireland, specifically Dublin and Mayo, inspired by Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey encompassing a variety of musical backgrounds and style. With two albums behind them of original music written entirely by the band’s singer, James Cramer, and working on the third, Tupelo have played sold out tours in Denmark and Holland, played festivals and shows in Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, Norway, Russia and most recently the Kansas and Michigan Irish festivals in the USA. Both energetic and crowd interactive, led by their charismatic singer, Tupelo have captivated and enthralled many around the World enhancing their burgeoning live reputation.
~ Best Folk Act, Hot Press Reader's Poll 2013 ~
Tupelo are an award-winning alt-folk act hailing from Ireland, specifically Dublin and Mayo. With members from different musical backgrounds the band set about creating a sound which can only be described as unique, a result of the melting pot of influences brought to the table from the individual members. Over the years, Tupelo have collected an eclectic array of instruments including double bass, acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonic, dobro and several banjos which they incorporate into their music. Tupelo enjoy the road and have played an impressive number of gigs since the band's formation, appearing at major festivals, playing support to some of music's biggest acts and attracting plenty of fans along the way, which they thrive off.
Having signed to Crashed Records Tupelo released their 14 track debut album 'Dirty Money'. An appearance at the All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park in front of 80,000 people was the opportunity of a lifetime for Tupelo. Including the singles 'Don't Let Go', 'Firefly', and 'Irishman', the album received rave reviews as well as plenty of airplay from Irish and UK radio stations including RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. The band were announced as the 'Best Folk Act' by therenowned Irish music magazine, Hot Press. A European tour followed with shows in France, Norway, UK and Russia as well as a bigger sold out 12 date tour of Denmark.
In between the touring, Tupelo escaped to a wonderful country manor in the beautiful surroundings of County Wicklow where they recorded songs for their second album with producer Joe Chester. A 4 track EP titled 'Ballerina's Call' preceded the full album release titled 'Push On'. The new album debuted at no. 7 in the Danish iTunes charts and no. 12 on the the Irish iTunes charts with the first single from the album, Further singles included 'Old Country', 'The Shifting Ground' featuring Sharon Shannon and 'Yesterday's News' featuring Eleanor McEvoy. The video for 'Yesterday's News' was directed by long time collaborator Patrick Murphy and won an Underground Video award for Best Music Video. A deluxe version of 'Push On' was released digitally and included the two special versions of 'The Shifting Ground' and 'Yesterday's News' as well as six live tracks recorded at a special show in Whelan's, Dublin and also the Ballerina's Call music video. The live tracks were also subsequently released digitally as a standalone EP entitled 'Nail and Tooth' and capture the essence of Tupelo as a live act not to be missed.
2016 continued with Tupelo playing shows in Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium as well as travelling to the USA to play at the Kansas City Irish Fest, Michigan Irish Festival in Muskegon and the Chicago Irish Fest. The band's US trips included promo on Fox4 Kansas City and Fox 17 West Michigan, The Bridge 909 in Kansas City and Windy City radio in Chicago. The band spent the second half of 2016 and 2017 recording their third studio album in Cauldron Studios with Ciaran Byrne and Michael Manning. They released the first track from the album, 'Cotton To Silk' in April and the track stayed on the RTE radio One playlist for 4 weeks.
In July 2017, the band played Vicar Street, Dublin as support to Seo Linn before returning to the Chicago Irish Fest to play two storming shows.
A new single 'Break Loose' is due for release in November 2017 and plans are afoot for the third album release in March 2018.
“...Grade A acoustic musicianship...”
"The quartet's debut album 'Dirty Money' is an absolute belter: a triumph of assured musicianship and thoughtful, heartfelt songwriting."
BBC Radio 2 Magazine
"Tupelo turned a mellow, chilled, laid-back festival Friday evening into a rip-roaring, foot-stomping frenzy that nearly brought the tent down, in the best possible way. A delightfully unexpected and unforgettable end to the first night."
Deer Shed Festival, UK
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tupelo a great band from Dublin. They have a wonderful sound, great musicianship and fantastic songswriting. They have a rootsy sound of great mixtures from blues and country to trad. They move the audience from mood to mood with ease from heartfelt patriotism to pure good auld fashioned fun with their brilliant songs. With their lead singers charm and the bands sense of fun they'll have you in the palm of their hand. What more could you want?”
“A Refreshing Irish/Americana blend, part-traditional, part-Nashville
with a trickle of folk…beautiful.”
“Worthy of a place on the devils jukebox, with its Mumford-esque mix of bar-room jauntiness and appropriated Americanisms. Deeply Charming.”
“Our favourite rootsy-rockers. The banjo has never been so cool.”
Photos by David Keegan Photography