★★★★ – Songlines
“This is Americana with bed-head hair and it’s dirty shirt hanging out”Matt Milton
★★★★★ – Hotpress
“At its heart, this an album packed with diverse songs, quick turns of phrases, and a story-teller’s knack for drawing in a listener.”Peter McGoran
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 disparate influences, manage to bend genres in a 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 the tracks have already become favourites with Irish DJs such as John Creedon, Niall Toner and Charlie 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.