Mules & Men are an Irish four piece string band. Critics have described their music as a ‘”shake-up of the more traditional and conservative Bluegrass with its almost compulsory themes of shack-living, girl-leaving blues”. (Hotpress, 2019) Mules & Men are modernizers -using the fast pace of banjo-driven tunes and combining that with a Rock ‘n Roll sensibility.
The four musicians, while having totally different influences, manage to bend genres in unique and contemporary style of their own to create what they call “acid-celtgrass”. Three part harmonies, blazing strings and a carefree atmosphere are just some of the ingredients you can expect to find at a show.
Mules & Men’s debut album “Thinking Sideways” was released in 2018, and several of thetracks have already become favourites with Irish DJs such as John Creedon, Niall Toner andCharlie McGettigan, and have been featured on their radio shows. The band have toured all over Ireland and abroad playing festivals, country pubs, clubs, and famous venues and have received a rapturous welcome from audiences.
Mules & Men feature a Knockvicar man. Luke Coffey’s 5 string banjo is the signature key of the group’s music and his playing – while rooted in the traditional style – is a new, fresher take on the possibilities of the instrument in a modern context.