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The Delines with special guest Café Spice

Sligo Live

Sligo Live is delighted to announce another stellar addition to its October festival bill. The Delines, an Americana alt country soul band led by celebrated American writer, Willy Vlautin, play the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Thursday 24th October 2019 at 8pm.

Sometimes, fate is just a damned cruel thing. But when it nearly capsizes the career of an acclaimed band in the blink of an eye, the band’s only prudent choice is to hang in there until the ship is ready to sail again. That’s what The Delines did while supporting the recovery of lead singer Amy Boone, who underwent three years of treatment and rehab after being seriously injured when she was hit by a car in Austin, Texas. What sustained their spirit, according to guitarist and songwriter Willy Vlautin, was knowing they already had most of their sophomore album, The Imperial, in the can.

The band finally released The Imperial in January last and it went straight into the Irish/U.K. Americana charts at number 1 and stayed there for several weeks. The Portland, Oregon band’s entire UK and Irish tour sold out and the press and radio loved the album. It picked up where their stellar 2014 debut, Colfax left off. Like that album, The Imperial features Damnations, TX co-founder Boone evoking a beat-up Dusty Springfield or a weary Rickie Lee Jones on 10 tracks penned by Vlautin, who was also lead singer/songwriter for his previous band, Richmond Fontaine which broke up in 2016. Vlautin is a prize-winning novelist (two of his books, The Motel Life and Lean on Pete have become major films).

Equally adept at sounding broken-hearted and optimistic, weary and resilient, Boone conveys Vlautin’s characters in a voice that’s grittier than Bobbie Gentry’s and more lonesome than Sammi Smith’s and steeped in the soul-ballad tradition. It’s the voice Vlautin fell in love with when he first heard it during a tour Richmond Fontaine did with Damnations, TX, the band Boone had formed with her sister, Deborah Kelly.

Portland’s Freddy Trujillo signed on to play bass. Sean Oldham ex-Richmond Fontaine on drums and multi-instrumentalist Cory Gray stepped in to round out the band’s cinematic, late-night country-soul sound with keyboard and trumpet.

Joining The Delines are Café Spice, a Manchester-based indie-folk trio who create heavenly and Autumnal harmonies reminiscent of the Mamas & Papas whilst also sitting with the effortlessly sublime indie-folk of contemporaries such as The Staves or HAIM. Café Spice are three musicians, including Sligo native Niamh Feeney. Each of the women brings their own individual style spanning jazz, blues, pop, country, traditional folk and funk. The result is a fantastic fusion and mixing pot of genres. A new sound woven from singing, harmony and clever songwriting.

The Delines will perform in a Sligo Live/Hawks Well co-production in the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Thursday, 24th October 2019 at 8pm. Tickets for this very special show are €22.50 + 2 s.c. and are available on-line from or by phone (071) 916 1518 and in person from Hawk’s Well Box Office. On sale Thursday 11 April from 10.30am

They join Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra, John Bishop and The Indigo Girls on the Sligo Live Festival bill running from 18th to 28th October 2019. Full details including accommodation special offers are on