Edgy and weird, dark yet rootsy, punkish and psychedelic, with a smidge of attitude and a funky groove filled base, the Voodoo Loons sound is a stew of it’s own. Based both in Cincinnati, OH and Donegal, Ireland (dual citzenship), the band has been making a name for itself in underground circles since 2006. Their 2nd LP, The Criminal Ear, is due in early 2014. Past releases include Euphobia (LP), Rough Mixes (EP), ProBonoPublico (DVD), and "the Winter Trail" (single). The Euphobia album did well in the US and Europe, and is played on Sirius XM Satellite Radio in the States (as well as many other outlets on both continents). SiriusXM 2009 Listeners Poll ranked “Emerald” #56 on the Top 100 Celtic Songs list. "Winter Trail", the 1st single off the forthcoming album (2013), has also hit the SiriusXM playlist.
The very first Voodoo Loons show (the US’ 2006 Midpoint Music Festival) started in spectacular fashion with O’Hagan’s amp literally bursting into flames during their first song, and they’ve been building on that energy ever since. The band’s approach to gigging has always been unorthodox, as they try to find interesting alternatives to the traditional bar gig touring ritual... Festivals, multi-media events, and jumping between Ireland and the US allows the band to reinvent itself each time out... usually performing as an aggressive electric unit, but also dropping in special acoustic shows in particularly cool venues in favorite destinations such as Dublin and Miami (and of course Cincinnati). In addition to international festivals such as Midpoint (2x) and the World Music Fest, the Loons have also been booked for truly special and unique events, such as Dublin’s Temple Bar district during the festivities surrounding U2’s homecoming stand at Croke Park (2009), and their annual St. Patrick's Day bashes at the Historic Southgate House (2011) and Cincinnati's Fountain Square (2012). The band plans to tour more extensively in support of the Criminal Ear in 2014.
CHRIS HOOKS - bass
BILL McCARTHY - drums
DENNIS O'HAGAN - guitars/vox
honorable mention: MARK DALY - mandolin