Celtic Harvest, The Hookey Band's third album, has already sold over 5,000 copies in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. It is of major label quality and packed full of familiar Irish and Scottish songs along with a fair smattering of wonderfully arranged and expertly executed jigs and reels. The vocals are unique, gutsy and full of whisky, the playing is awesome. "If you only ever buy one album of kicking Celtic music, then buy this one...(its)...in your face Celtic music..." UK Music Press.
The Hookey Band have made numerous TV and Radio appearances and also played with many of the industries top names in the UK. Their diary is always full. Commented anglo concertina player extrordinaire Bryan Sheppard, "We've been planning a trip to the States and Canada for ages but we just can't seem to get it together. Perhaps selling the album through cdbaby will be the catalyst to get us across the pond."
Tom Leary, the band's fiddle player, who replaced Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) is well known in the UK and Ireland and has already toured the USA on a number of occasions. He has released two widely acclaimed solo albums and worked both individually and collectively with Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band. The rest of the band features Jon Cowen on vocals and guitar, Gary Warmington on bass guitar(for more information check out Richard Thompson's website) and Dave Lovick on drums. All three gel wonderfully with Bryan and Tom to give The Hookey Band that, "In your face Celtic music" experience.
Check out the artist's website:
1. The Irish Rover
2. Barber's Pole Medley
3. Black Velvet Band
4. I'll Tell Me Ma
5. Seven Drunken Nights
6. Parting the Whiskers
7. The Wild Rover
8. The Crafty Butcher's Choice
9. Dirty Old Town
10. Tunes For Mr. Brown At the Window
11. Maries Weddin/mason's Apron
12. The Wizard's Sleeve
13. The Fields of Athenry