Natives of Toulouse, France, the six members of Doolin’ (guitar, bodhrán, violin, tin whistle, accordion/vocals, bass) bring a fresh and funky approach to Irish music. July 15 will mark the release date of their self-titled debut for Compass Records in Nashville. Doolin’ worked with legendary Irish guitarist John Doyle in the producer’s chair to record their unique mix of traditional (and newer) Irish tunes and songs flavored with French chanson, American roots music and even some urban hip hop juice. Special guests Jerry Douglas (dobro), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki), Alison Brown (banjo), and Kenny Malone (percussion) brought their ubermagic to a wide range of tracks that include a reworking of the Steve Earle-penned crowd pleaser Galway Girl. Bob Dylan’s Ballad of Hollis Brown, in which Dylan recycled the Ralph Stanley classic Pretty Polly with chilling new words in 1963, is a standout track that for now you can hear ONLY on Fiddlefreak.
Here is your exclusive premiere listen to The Ballad of Hollis Brown from Doolin’. Enjoy!