Hull folk super group, The Hillbilly Troupe set to launch debut album

Hull, UK: Hull-based music venue The Adelphi Club in De Grey Street, Newland Avenue will host an exclusive event to celebrate the album launch of Hull’s newest folk band The Hillbilly Troupe on Thursday 17th April 2014.

The event will take place from 8pm and is open to the general public as well as a list of figureheads from the local music and festival scene that have been invited to attend.

The band, who first took to the stage in 2010 is headed up by lead singer Mick McGarry, a walking jukebox of everything from the Luke Kelly back catalogue to Sea Shanties and protest songs. The Hillbilly Troupe and their individual members bring with them a wealth of experience and a superb network of fellow musicians in World Music including Dave Gawthorpe, Andy Swift, Mick Murphy, Christopher Frost and former chart band, The Paddingtons’ brothers Lloyd and Grant Dobbs.

The band spans five generations encompassing a multitude of genres; an unrivalled blend of traditional folk, Irish, ska and punk combined with a strong undertone of history and a firm connection to their roots in Hull. They play a high-energy mix of traditional Irish and English folk, Americana, Gospel, Blues and Country and have been aptly described as a cross between Lonnie Donegan and The Pogues.

Their aim; to get you dancing, thinking and drinking all at the same time, a good time musical experience and history lesson in a holy bucket, singing songs about religion, struggle and bandits.

The Hillbilly Troupe debut album is to be launched 17th April 2014 as part of their UK and European tour.
Dave Gawthorpe, who plays the acoustic rhythm guitar in the band explains;

“The album aims to capture the essence of traditional folk, Americana and country mixed with modern sounds of punk and ska. A strong presence of Hull is on the record, the Luckiest Sailor is about the trawler, the peridot that sank in 1968. History steeps through the album, WW1, WW2 (D-day dodgers) and the Irish immigrants going to America in the 19th century. It captures something very special, the voice of McGarry, a true sound”.
Mick Murphy who helped to design the album cover and plays the washboard in the band commented;
“The album artwork is inspired by the work of Peter Blake who was responsible for the famous Sgt Pepper LP cover artwork. In still life it’s an actual physical piece of art 3ft by 3 ft. All the objects are personal to the individual band members or a time in the troupe’s history, such as the Sharp Street project. It has an essence of our practice room, which is a ramshackle and is almost a piece of art in itself!”.

Always ready to party and never to disappoint the Hillbilly Troupe will bring something very special to this year’s music scene in Hull and are inviting you to come and raise your tankard and celebrate the launch of their debut album this Thursday.

Doors at The Adelphi Club, a landmark of the local music scene, will open from 8pm, music performances will begin from 8.30pm with support acts Bud Sugar, Street Urchin and Fire the Unstoppable Force and guests Martin ‘Mad Dog’ Jones and gospel vocals from Marie Rickard. This is a pay on the door event only, entrance will be charged at £4. Albums will be on sale. For more info visit

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