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Ca Bhfuil Ar Scoil - Single Release

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Tupelo are an exciting, new, original, acoustic roots act consisting of 5 members. With an eclectic line-up of instruments which includes banjo, guitar, fiddle, saxophone and double bass, Tupelo’s sound is fresh and unique in today’s world of endless electric outfits. The band has been keeping busy over the past year making a name for themselves on the Irish music scene. Appearances at several festivals and playing support to some of music’s biggest acts have further enhanced their reputation on the scene. Here are a few of the many things that Tupelo has achieved over the past year:
Back in February of this year, Tupelo went into the studio to lay down some tracks. They ended up recording 23 songs in the space of a few short hours. The aptly titled, Tupelo Live In Studio album which contains 12 of these tracks was created in order to sell at gigs and since then many copies of it have been sold at gigs.
March saw the band perform their first Whelan’s gig which was a sell out show. Another Whelan’s appearance beckoned.
In April, Country Mix FM DJ, Stevie Bolger invited Tupelo to become his ‘resident band’ on his show, ‘Weekend Cafe’ for the month. This involved the band playing live in studio every Saturday from 2-3 pm. Stevie also attended the previous month’s Whelan’s gig and was very impressed with what he saw. He said Tupelo were “ones to watch”.
Tupelo were invited to perform at one of Ireland’s premier music festivals, the Guinness Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots festival in May. They played five shows and went down extremely well with audiences. Respected Bluegrass musician and RTE DJ, Niall Toner was in attendance and liked what he saw. He claimed Tupelo are “a young, exciting band who are going places” and he spun several tracks on his radio show. Festival organiser, John Cleere also said: "One of the big hits of the Guinness Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival music trail was Tupelo. The band got a fantastic reaction everywhere they played. If your event requires a high energy, good time band, Tupelo are the business!" The month of May also saw the band perform a second sell out show in Whelan’s and they performed at the Life festival in Co. Meath.
In July, Tupelo were extremely privileged when they supported the legendary, Grammy award winning Booker T at his acclaimed show in Vicar Street. That month, Tupelo also performed at the ever popular independent festival, Knockan Stockan on the banks on the Blessington Lakes.
As a result of their successful Booker T support slot, Tupelo were invited to support both Damien Dempsey and Imelda May in August. These support gigs were very successful with Tupelo winning over many of both Damien’s and Imelda’s fans. Both Imelda May and Damien Dempsey had nice words to say about Tupelo.

September saw the lads play the Johnny Keenan Banjo festival alongside the likes of Steve Earle and Gerry O’Connor. They also performed at the Clifden Arts Festival.
October was a milestone month in which Tupelo reached top 10 of the Irish Charts with their single ‘Ca Bhfuil Ar Schoil?’ which was in aid of Gaelscoil Bharra in Cabra. This coincided with an appearance in The Village with all proceeds from both the sale of the single and gig going towards the school. Tupelo also made a successful appearance at the Cork Jazz Festival with 5 gigs as part of a residency and had another sell-out show in Whelan’s.
Tupelo are due to head into the studio in February to record a new album and a busy and exciting summer beckons for the band.