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One Horse Pony

Cork, Munster, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Cork, Munster, Ireland | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Hotpress Review"

Cork’s One Horse Pony return on September 20 to Whelan’s where they’ve already impressed with their hard-driving acoustic blues.With five-part harmonies, fire‘n brimstone lyrics and an eclectic range of instrumentation, they started life locally as the Franciscan Well Brewpub house band and have since gigged as far afield as France and Poland. Their debut Blue When I Go album, containing eleven originals and a choice Robert Johnson cover, is a must-listen with tunes to be heard/videos to be seen at facebook.com/OneHorsePony. - Hotpress


"Blues Matters (UK) OHP Album Review"

One Horse Pony are a blues band with a difference. They mostly write their own material, have two guitarists/ singers in John Noonan and Rob Foley, but have an unusual lineup. They have no drummer, with the beat provided by the energetic bodhran playing of Nolwen Milot, who also provides solos on Bodhran and Low Whistle. Add to the mix a six piece choir, which is only heard on a few tracks, an acoustic bass and cello, this is not the traditional blues band for a gig down at the King’s Head on a Saturday night. There is a lot of folk music influence, the band have clearly listened to John Martyn and traditional acoustic blues bands. Set opener and title track, Blue When I Go is a lively number, with a steady beat and lively harmonica, whilst Walked Into A Bar is a slow blues number with a relaxed, and melodic vibe. Their one cover, Robert Johnson’s Last Fair Deal Gone Down is a completely different version, featuring a brave low whistle solo, which in this context works. However, musically one of the strongest tracks, an acapella No More Water is saved for the album closer, another track like this would have helped to have balanced out the album. So, all in all this is not an album for fans of electric blues, but if you liked The Notting Hillbillies (Mark Knopfler’s project) this is a fine listen. - Blues Matters


Discography

Blue When I Go (2013), all lyrics by One Horse Pony

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Original Blues Roots music from Ireland’s deep South.


 

‘Blue When I Go is a must-listen.’ – Hotpress Magazine


‘We thought we were at church!’ – Jimmy Carter, Blind Boys of Alabama


Cork band, One Horse Pony, have topped the iTunes Blues Chart with their single ‘Staring Blues’, played Electric Picnic and the Guinness Jazz Festival, and shared the bill with artists such as The Blind Boys of Alabama. The band also play a monthly residency in Whelan’s of Dublin.

One Horse Pony combine acoustic instruments, strong vocal harmonies and an uncompromising drive to deliver their stomping live shows.

Their current album, ‘Blue When I Go’ is available on iTunes.



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