See the band that wowed the Coens!

Furnace Mountain who will be performing at the Playhouse.
Furnace Mountain who will be performing at the Playhouse.

Critically-acclaimed American band Furnace Mountain will bring their award-winning roots sound to the Playhouse Theatre on Thursday night.

Furnace Mountain count the Coen Brothers amongst their biggest admirers, with one of the band members being asked to audition for a part in their next big movie.

And now the band, boasting the very best of authentic old-time American Roots music, is set to show local audiences what the fuss is about.

Last time Furnace Mountain toured the UK, it was as if they turned the whole world upside down. There was a virtual feeding frenzy as radio stations competed with each other for a slice of the action. The stunning four-piece made legions of fans on this side of the Atlantic.

Furnace Mountain hails from Virginia, and comprises Morgan Morrison (Bouzouki and Vocals), Aimee Curl (Bass and Vocals), Dave Van Deventer (Fiddle and Vocals) and Danny Knicely (Mandolin).

Renowned film-maker Ethan Coen is such a committed fan that he has asked the band’s Aimee Curl to audition for a part in the Coen Brothers’ next offering.

Áine McCarron at The Playhouse said; “Furnace Mountain plays music from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions, and songs penned by their favourite song-writing friends.

From raucous to poignant

“The music of Furnace Mountain has been described as at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki”

“It is at other times described as poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written.”

Their latest album “Fields of Fescue” has been critically acclaimed as “…one of the best Americana albums I’ve heard all year” by Charles DeLint (musician and author of over 75 published books).

Leading Scottish music critic, Rob Adams, said; “Combining unadorned, honest singing with fiddle tunes that evoke both keening bagpipes and lonesome train whistles, interlaced with brilliantly audacious mandolin breaks, Furnace Mountain sound like a marriage between Be-Good Tanyas and the best bits of Nickel Creek - except with true Appalachian soil caked onto their boots.”

BBC boost

BBC broadcaster and Old Grey Whistle Test legend Bob Harris described Furnace Mountain as; “A wonderful band ... how gorgeous is that?” when they played a radio session on BBC Radio 2.

Furnace Mountain will come to The Playhouse this Thursday June 7 at 8pm.

Tickets are £11/ £8 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.