Kiernan McMullan kicks off his 2015 US Tour at Atlanta's Red Light Café with Jordan Igoe & Justin Osborne and Samuel Lindholm opening the show!
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM
Not really being from anywhere has its benefits. There is a refreshing perspective that comes when there is no place to call home. Born in Hong Kong and raised in both Ireland and Boston (to an Irish father and Australian mother), it really isn’t surprising that Kiernan McMullan finds it hard to stay in one place for too long. “My parents met on a plane, so being a gypsy was always in my genes..” he says.
In 2008 Kiernan signed his first record deal with Warner Brother’s sub label 111 Records. The record was released in November 2008 during a time when the music industry’s financial crisis was in full swing. With nothing but a hiking bag and his guitar, he hitched and bussed the length of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, playing shows every other day. “All I needed was a plane ticket over. I had no van yet, so I spent the first three months on greyhound buses and hitchhiking. Let’s just say every day was it’s own story.”
Now with a van and an impressive music resume, Kiernan has ten years of experience and enough stories for a lifetime. Having shared stages with everyone from Sheryl Crow, Colbie Callait and Sublime to Meg and Dia, Lisa Hannigan and The Proclaimers, to name just a few. Kiernan has toured the length of the US, playing over 250 shows a year for three years straight, including extensive touring in the UK and Ireland.
It would appear that this is only the beginning. His first full-length record, Perfect People are Boring, and acoustic E.P., The Best Part, both released to a very enthusiastic grassroots following, and built anticipation to hear his follow-up record, Two Years, which was recorded in Ireland. “It’s my best attempt to take ten songs and try to tell the story of the last two years from me. There have been some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my entire life within this 730 day adventure, from November 2nd, 2008 to November 2nd, 2010, when I flew back to Ireland.”
“Two Years” was released on American Cadence Records in the U.S. March 3rd, 2012 and released in the U.K. in Spring 2012.
It looks like this is just the prologue of a bigger story that is far from over.
Jordan Igoe is a magnetic, multi-talented and genuine alt-country singer-songwriter based in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been playing music professionally for over ten years as a solo performer and with a rotating lineup of stellar backup musicians. Jordan has shared the stage with ‘The Lone Bellow’, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of ‘Shovels & Rope, in addition to touring regionally all over the Southeast. In other words, she has paid her dues and put in the 10,000 hours that according to Malcolm Gladwell is a requirement for being a true professional in your chosen profession.
Having grown up in a musical family Igoe started sitting at the piano at age three and had taught herself how to play by age ten. A few years later her uncle/concert composer at UNC Chapel Hill gave her an acoustic guitar and she immediately began writing her own original songs. In addition to the piano and guitar, Igoe can also play the drums, bass, kazoo, harmonica, and the tambourine. Her classic voice and unique songwriting style construct a sound that she says was predominantly influenced by Patsy Cline, Brandi Carlile, and Loretta Lynn.
Igoe’s debut album was independently released on February 14th, 2014 and received very positive responses from both fans and critics alike. In one review of the album, music critic Ballard Lesemann of Metronome said “Jordan Igoe’s new solo album How to Love is a genuine thing of beauty that somehow hatched and bloomed from the Space, a tiny studio set up in an unglamourous downtown storage unit. Sometimes the prettiest stuff comes from unexpected places.”
When she’s not on the road or in the studio, Jordan can be found enjoying one of her many hobbies that might come as surprising to some. Not only does she love drinking Jack Daniels and shooting guns (she claims to be a pretty good shot); she also enjoys playing Super Mario Brothers on the Wii and shooting pool. Although she says she has never hustled anyone at pool, she did say that she used to play in a pool league on a team named “Nice Rack.” That having been said, if you decide to challenge her to a game of eight ball in a bar, you have been warned.
There are now more musicians than ever before in the history of humanity. This begs the question: what separates Jordan Igoe and her music from the masses? The best answer comes from ex-Sequoyah Prep School lead singer Justin Osborne. He responded by saying “The thing about Jordan is that she’s a country music legend, but nobody knows it yet.” As someone who has been a music journalist for over ten years, I would agree with that statement completely.
Justin Osborne has been writing and performing original material since the early 2000's. He was the front man and primary songwriter for the band Sequoyah Prep School (also know be Sequoyah). After SPS was dissolved in February of 2013, Justin began working on two new projects. Vampires In Habana was done in conjunction with Cuban folk/rock band Other Side. He has also been preparing for a 2014 release with SUSTO, a Charleston SC based band including Johnny Delaware and members of The Tarlatans.