by / May 29th, 2013 /

Interview: Incoming… Tumbling Bones

Who are you and where are you from?

We are Tumbling Bones, an American trad-folk act. Individually, we originate from different places, but the band currently resides in Maine, USA.

Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?

It’s a small city so there’s not a tonne, but we like Tricky Britches and Sean Mencher.

What’s it really like touring?

On a good night, it’s fantastic: we get to share something that we love and we get to connect with people all over the world. On a bad day, it can be tough: too much time spent in a car, mediocre gigs and disappointment, having to spend too much time with the other band members. But hey, no job is perfect. On the whole, we love what we do.

What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?

City: Galway

Venue: The Red Room in Cookstown, Northern Ireland

What’s your ideal festival line-up?

The music doesn’t matter as much as the rapport. It’s great working with other musicians who have a positive energy and are friendly with fans and other musicians. And we really enjoy after-hours jam sessions when they happen.

Tell us a tour story…

One time we were playing a casual session at a pub in Galway and a man who happened to be a radio DJ asked us to come play on his show the next day. Turned out the man was Tony Fenton and the station was Today FM. We played live on location in Kilfenora, Co. Clare the next day for a live audience. That was pretty cool.

What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?

We made it to the final round of the selection process to be made cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department. We had our audition in New York City. In the end we were chosen only as alternates, but we still consider it a success to have made it that far in such a competitive program. We put a lot of work into it, and we feel good about that. We’ll probably try again next year.

What do you do to relax?

Hiking, reading, playing dice, mini golf, thrift-store shopping.

What are you reading?

Personally, I’m reading some Herman Hesse right now

How about TV, anything good on the box?

Been watching Breaking Bad lately. It’s not that I even like it that much, but it’s so damn addictive.

What’s the last thing you bought online?

A children’s book for my niece.

Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?

Paul McCartney – hey, I can shoot high right?

What is the worst cover your band has ever performed?


Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?

I once ran over a beautiful Gibson guitar with my pickup truck by accident. I’m ashamed to admit it, and I’m probably going to country music hell for it when I die.

What website do you visit most? (discounting email, etc.)


What is your favourite…

…album of the last year?

Did Alabama Shakes’ Boys & Girls come out in the last year?


I take the Fifth. Do you use that expression in Ireland?

….Lost classic song?

‘Hills of Mexico’ as sung by Roscoe Holcomb.

… Record label?

Rebel Records (but I have to say that as I used to work for them)

…current artist?

See album of the last year.

…YouTube video?

Favorite YouTube video is definitely ‘Tro Lo Lo Guy’.

A new artist that you are most excited about?

Once again Alabama Shakes. Or Lake Street Dive. Or Feral Foster.

What was the last great gig you have seen?

The Whileaways (Noriana Kennedy’s new band) at the Róisín Dubh in Galway.

What should we expect from your Irish shows?

A mixture of American roots music. Maybe some dancing. A ton of harmony singing. Us not being able to understand your Irish accent when he have a conversation with you after the show.

Tumbling Bones are currently touring Ireland and will be until 16th June. All dates can be found on their Facebook page.