Two Dollar Bash

Two Dollar Bash

BandFolkAmericana

Berlin-based acoustic folk/country/blues band, originally from Scotland and France, with great original songs, fine musicianship and impressive 3 and 4 part harmonies, blending influences from North American folk, blues and country with celtic and European styles.

Biography

Two Dollar Bash are an acoustic folk/country/blues band, originally from Scotland and France, consisting of 4 talented singer-songwriters, who back up each other's compositions with an intuitive feel that can only come from many years of playing together. With great original songs, fine musicianship and impressive harmonies, the band blends influences from North American folk, blues and country with Celtic and European styles.

The four members, Mark Mulholland, Tony Rose, Matt de Harp and Joe Armstrong, have been playing together in different combinations throughout Europe for the past fifteen years, in a variety of bands including punk, rock, psychedelic and swing as well as the folkier formations, and also simply travelling around, picking up gigs and busking, swapping songs and stories with other musicians along the way. As well as honing their own songwriting and playing skills, this means that the band's repertoire includes many songs from friends, who in turn are singing Two Dollar Bash songs throughout Europe and North America.

The band has released three albums on Berlin label Cannery Row Records: "Two Dollar Bash", "On the Road", and most recently "Lost River", which was recorded in a farmhouse in the Czech Republic by engineer Dugald Jayes (Hugo Race and the True Spirit) and producer Craig Ward (The Frames, deUs, The Love Substitutes). The new album reflects great development in the songwriting skills of each of the band members, as well as much richer and more varied arrangements. The three albums are also available through all major download platforms.

Since the formation of this incarnation of the band in 2003, Two Dollar Bash have been touring
constantly throughout Europe, and have also completed four very successful tours of America. In March 2009 Two Dollar Bash was invited to perform a showcase at the prestigious South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, for the third successive year, as well as at the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, another important industry event. Other highlights include winning the "Rising Legend" award at the 30th Old-time Country and
Traditional Music Festival in Missouri Valley, Iowa in 2005; playing at the first Latitude Festival in England and the International Country Night showcase at the Popkomm music industry conference in Berlin in 2006; a showcase at the Canadian Music Week in Toronto, the Wychwood Festival in England and the International Bluegrass Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2007. The band has done several tours of the UK to support the release of the albums there through Proper Distribution, and of the Benelux territories where “Lost River� is released in partnership with Dutch label Corazong.

Press Reactions

"The ultimate power of Two Dollar Bash is the magical interaction between the four characters who make up the group...Anyone who fails to go and see them is missing a golden opportunity. Those who do are guaranteed an unforgettable evening" Rootstime, Belgium

"very catchy street corner songs overflowing with the sheer pleasure of playing" Revolver, Netherlands

"...the group's organic, authentic sound provides plenty of moments to savour, taking in folk, country, blues and acoustic rock ... this has the potential to impress any fan of uncontrived, richly-textured roots music." Maverick, UK

"...one of the best European acoustic folk/country bands. The four musicians...are not only outstanding instrumentalists and singers, but also very talented songwriters" MazzMusikaS, Belgium

"I really enjoyed this album, and I think you will too... It's a really great sound"Bryan Burnett, Brand New Country, BBC Radio Scotland

"Real music with heart and soul from real musicians with heart and soul"Christine Helmeke, No Fences, Germany

"This is heartfelt and very true Americana, and I bet they do a good live show." Gary Whitehouse, Green Man Review, USA

"Like CSNY without the monstrous egos" John Davy, Crooked Rain, UK

"Great original songs, fine musicianship and a wealth of influences ... (they) wield their different combinations of guitar, drums, mandolin, banjo and the rest to beguiling effect. Intelligent lyrics tell of loss and longing, love and friendship, and always, of packing bags and moving on" Jane Cornwell, Jazzwise, UK

"This is good ol' time American music. There is blues, folk, country and chugging R'n'B in here. The auras of Canned Heat, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young and Springsteen waft on the breeze. And... there is an echo of the Rolling Stones' down-home bluesy vibe...This is classic big skies and barrooms music." Nathaniel Handy, Songlines, UK

"really strong, timeless and striking in its simplicity... true to the motto "less is more", Two Dollar Bash win over the listener through memorable songs, honesty and sheer pleasure in playing" Christian Schäfer, My Revelations, Germany

"Two Dollar Bash are ready and raring to continue their plan to take the roots/Americana worl

Lyrics

Taking a taxi (sweet surprise)

Written By: Mark Mulholland

started drinking in the afternoon
and I was bouncing off the walls pretty soon
and before too long I didn’t give a shit at all
well the day went on and the bottles fell
where I was headed ain’t too hard to tell
but I didn’t think there’d be anyone to break my fall

you said, ”I’m taking a taxi
it might be going your way
or we could go to my place
and maybe you’d like to stay
we could stop at the all-night garage
pick up a bottle on the way
and we can sleep or we can
talk the night away”

sometimes it seems too much to hope
that when you’re drowning, you’ll get thrown a rope
but when it happens, it’s such a sweet surprise
that night you took me by the hand
and led me back onto dry land
and I remember as I look into your eyes

how you said, ”I’m taking a taxi,
it might be going your way
or we could go to my place
and maybe you’d like to stay
we could stop at the all-night garage
pick up a bottle on the way
and we can sleep or we can
talk the night away

and now I’m sitting here on my own
musing on how the dice get thrown
and wondering when I’ll see you again
and a cold, sweet sadness fills the room
like the strains of a melancholy tune
and I get to thinking back to when

you said, ”I’m taking a taxi,
it might be going your way
or we could go to my place
and maybe you’d like to stay
we could stop at the all-night garage
pick up a bottle on the way
and we can sleep or we can
talk the night away

Man in Black

Written By: Matt de Harp

They called him the man
They called him the man
Sometimes they called him a creep
But now they take it back.

Don’t feel the pain
Ain’t got no shame
Laying under them cold clean sheets
On a long dark night.

Watching the paint dry on the wall
Funny there ain’t no pain at all
Pretty soon he should be feeling fine
Though the doctors said there weren’t much hope
This ain’t nothing like he’d been told:
Funny the way things get so clear
Just ‘cause you know
You’re gonna die.

He should have left his boots in the corner
He might still feel like taking a wander
There’s a full moon out the window.

He’s longing for the warmth of a hand
The touch of a lover
The voice of a friend
But it’s late
And they all went home

So he’s staring long and hard at the ceiling
Wondering if in the end
He could have done better.
Memories go by,
Betrayals and warnings,
Bits and pieces of songs that he’ll never sing:
Soon it’ll be morning
There won’t be no time
Anymore...

(Chorus):

to sing
La
Lalaladada (etc.)

They called him the man
They called him the man
Sometimes they called him a creep
But now they take it back.

Don’t feel the pain
Ain’t got no shame
Laying under them cold clean sheets
On a long dark night.
Soon he’ll be letting up
Soon he’ll be letting go
Down to the other side
He’s gonna let it flow
And in every juke joint in the land
They’ll be singing his songs ‘cause he was the man

In black

(Chorus):
singing
La
Laladadada etc.

They called him the man (x3)

Matt de Harp - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Mark Mulholland - banjo, electric guitar
Joe Armstrong - vocals
Tony Rose - guitar

Lonesome Whistle

Written By: Mark Mulholland

Hanging round again in this old town
I hear that lonesome whistle blowing
I guess once more I missed the train

I’ll sit and drink another beer
and think about getting out of here
and all the times I nearly left

I hear the highway calling me
just like it’s done all down the years
but something just won’t let me leave

I need to feel the open spaces,
see laughing eyes and different faces
if I want to chase these blues away

Wake up again, my head is reeling
black confusion, guilty feelings
How I wish that I could steal away

But I’m hanging round again in this old town
I hear that lonesome whistle blowing
I guess once more I missed the train

Mark Mulholland - banjo, slide guitar, vocals
Tony Rose - guitar
Joe Armstrong - guitar
Matt de Harp - mandolin, harmonica

The Old Man's Song

Written By: Tony Rose

When I was a young man I rambled and I gambled
And I flirted with the women so pretty, young and fine
I never had a fear, I would drink whisky and beer
And the bottles of the nectar of the fruit upon the vine

ch/ Won’t you open another bottle
‘cause my throat is thirsty and dry
And I sure would like a taste of that whisky
One more time before I die

I wandered and I roamed but I never found a home
‘cept for bar rooms and bordellos on the darker side of town
I partied through the night and Lord, it made me feel alright
And in the morning I would find some place to lay my body down

ch/ Won’t you open another bottle
‘cause my throat is thirsty and dry
And I sure would like a taste of that whisky
One more time before I die

And I never found a sweetheart who could cook or keep a home
But the whole world was my lover when I drank a bottle through
And the sweetest kiss I tasted was the one that got me wasted
The sweet kiss from the bottle of the rare old mountain dew

ch/ Won’t you open another bottle
‘cause my throat is thirsty and dry
And I sure would like a taste of that whisky
One more time before I die

And now I am an old man and my life’s a memory
Though times I don’t remember the things that happened then
But there ain’t no shame or sadness for my life of drunken madness
And if I had a second go you know I’d do it all again

ch/ Won’t you open another bottle
‘cause my throat is thirsty and dry
And I sure would like a taste of that whisky
One more time before I die

Tony Rose - guitar, vocals
Mark Mulholland - mandola, vocals
Joe Armstrong - guitar, vocals
Matt de Harp - mandolin, harmonica, vocals

Lost River

Written By: Joe Armstrong

In Greenville there ain’t no bar
To find one you have to go to Arkansas,
That be quite a way before closing time.
Just follow the yellow line
Watch it swallow up what’s left of your time
Another night, another day come and gone

One day we’ll be knowing
Which way to be going
The song sounds sweeter every time you play
Even in your lonely hour
You can let it go
And be sailing that lost river through the night

Dream of red guitars
Jangle and chime in a morning star
Pick a tune, tell me about your blues
Your voice is like the water
Sliding to the sea
Carries all the way to the other side

Joe Armstrong - guitar, vocals
Matt de Harp - mandolin, harmonica
Mark Mulholland - lap steel guitar, electric slide guitar

Old Mail Train

Written By: Matt de Harp

Well I´ve done armed robbery
And I cheated at blackjack
But I never did rob a mail train,
´Till I met Miss Lilly and old One Eye Jack
Who told me ´bout the gold there was to make.

After they done tell me
And I said I was their man,
We went ot gun in hand and to be sure:

You never seen nothing like the three of us
And you won´t se it anymore!

(chorus):
Me and my girl and the money
From the old mail train
(repeat)

Now I´m on my way down
To the gulf of Mexico
Feeling mighty fine
Feeling like a gypsy
With a wallet full of dough
Waiting for that pretty girl of mine
Met her in a brothel in a nowhere-town
She didn´t even know my name

She didn´t ask me nothing
But she won´t let me down
She plays by the rules
Of the game

(chorus)

I´m standing with my 6-strings
And a double-barreled gun,
Got just enough time to find my friends
When they get down here,
Boy we gonna have fun,
We´ll rest a while
And then we´ll ride again:
40 miles daily for a week or so
And when we leave all the possee behind
Me and my lady
And that wallet full of dough
Gonna have a hell of a time!

(chorus)
(repeat ad lib.)


Discography

"Two Dollar Bash" album 2003 (13 tracks) - self-released. Re-released on Cannery Row Records 2007 CRR 0704
"On the Road" album 2006 (13 tracks) - released on Cannery Row Records (www.canneryrowrecords.com) CRR 0602
"Lost River" album 2008 (14 tracks) CRR 0806
excerpts from all three available at www.twodollarbash.net or www.myspace.com/twodollarbash

Set List

We usually play 2 or 3 sets of 45 mins to an hour, but we have a huge repertoire of our own songs and songs by friends that we have met along the way. Keep our throats lubricated and we'll sing all night. A representative set list would be something like:

Golden City (Mark Mulholland/Tony Rose)
Ticket to Vilnius (Tony Rose)
Waiting for the Sunshine (Tony Rose/Joe Armstrong)
Over my Shoulder (Joe Armstrong)
Old Mail Train (Matt de Harp)
Taking a Taxi (Sweet Surprise) (Mark Mulholland)
Rosalyn (Matt de Harp)
Saturday Night (Mark Mulholland)
Bottle of Luck (Mark Mulholland)
One Day I�ll be Gone (Tony Rose)
Wayward One (Mark Mulholland)
The Devil and the Angel (Tony Rose)
Too Bad You Ain�t Around (Tony Rose)
Put Your Hand in Mine (Mark Mulholland)
Further Down the Road (Mark Mulholland/Joe Armstrong)
Roulez, Roulez (Matt de Harp)
Long Time Coming (Matt de Harp)
Time to Go (Matt de Harp)
Watching You Sleep (Mark Mulholland/Joe Armstrong)
Lonesome Whistle (Mark Mulh