The rise of Rackhouse Pilfer is unstoppable. They have been enthralling crowds throughout Ireland and Nashville and were Special Guests to Imelda May at Sligo Live in October 2013 where they were a big hit with the audience, so much so that Imelda May invited them to join her for other dates. In 2014, they were awarded the coveted Jagermeister Freezer Sessions "Live Band of the Year" award by Hot Press Music Magazine.
A stomping, fiery and exciting band that have been getting rave reviews with their brand of rootsy Americana, Rackhouse Pilfer formed in 2012 by the fireside of McGarrigles bar in Sligo, performing an acoustic set of bluegrass and folk hits from their favourite Americana artists. It wasn’t long before they had to be plugged in to be heard due to their growing popularity. In that short time they have supported Imelda May, Paul Brady, Mundy, Royseven, Beoga, Birds of Chicago (USA), Cabin Collective, Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors, Steve Craddock Band Band (of Ocean Colour Scene). They have shared the stage with Kila, Brian Kennedy, Jack L, Fiachna O’Braonain, Eleanor McEvoy, Republic of Loose, Sandy Kelly, Charlie McGettigan, Lumiere.
January 2014 saw Rackhouse Pilfer jet off to Nashville, Tennessee to record their new album of all original tracks entitled “Love and Havoc” at Alex the Great studios with producer Brad Jones. Brad has worked with a long list of Pop, Rock and Alternative Country artists including Steve Earl, John Prine, John Hiatt, Josh Rouse and Bobby Bare Jr. “LOVE AND HAVOC” features 12 tracks penned by RACKHOUSE PILFER, most of which feature the stomping uproar you might expect from this band, but there are a few twists to the plot.
While in Nashville, the band were invited to play at the legendary Station Inn, Nashville’s most famous traditional Bluegrass venue where over the years the best of the best in this genre have graced its stage. They were also asked to perform on the “Viva Nashvegas” live internet stream music show. At the Station Inn they played to a star studded audience including actress Mary Steenburgen, musical legends, cast members and the production team of the TV show 'Nashville'.
Rackhouse Pilfer write, record and perform all of their own songs. Some of their influences include Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earl, Ryan Adams and John Hiatt. Their line-up is Leon Mooney – acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals, Willie Kelly – acoustic guitar, drums and vocals, Fiachra Cunningham – fiddle, dobro, and vocals, Mark McGovern – tenor/5 string banjo and vocals, Leslie Jones – Mandolin and vocals and Hugh Feely – double bass and vocals.