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Voodoo Loons

Voodoo Loons released their latest album, The Criminal Ear, on Feb 25 to critical acclaim:

  • - "There aren't many who can match the enticingly dark, edgy and wonderfully engaging musical storytelling of Voodoo Loons in their new album The Criminal Ear." - NPR
  • - "The Criminal Ear shows how that mix of songwriting and the overall performances and production have been sharpened and refined over the intervening years. It’s not just the diversity that makes The Criminal Ear a thoroughly entertaining start-to-finish listen; the material is also top notch." -CityBeat, Cincinnati, OH
  • - "Fans of Frank Black, Lou Barlow and Jeff Tweedy need to buy this record. Now.  A remarkable album from a remarkably talented band. – Mark Lefebvre, Scurvy Dog Radio, WSCA 106.1  Portsmouth, NH (they later named Criminal Ear one of the 10 best albums of 2014)
  • - 4.5 out of 5 stars - Celtic Rock Radio, Germany
  • - "The clash of old and new, rock and folk makes the band unique and offers something great for listeners looking for a new sound. -Southbay Magazine, Los Angeles

Edgy and weird, dark yet rootsy, punkish and psychedelic, with a smidge of politics 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, was released Feb 25, 2014 to rave reviews. 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” (from Euphobia) #56 on the Top 100 Celtic Songs list. "Winter Trail" and "Nothing Happens In Wexford", (from Criminal Ear) have also hit the SiriusXM playlist, while "Loving the Monster" has received heavy rotation on indie and college outlets. 

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 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 planned to tour extensively in support of the Criminal Ear in 2014, starting in February with their album release show in Cincinnati, followed by a surf-side show in Puerto Escondido, Mexico and several special acoustic shows, but their shows came to a halt in the Summer when a band member's wife's terminal illness caused them to cancel their East Coast/New England and European tours.  Due to this situation, the band is officially on hiatus in 2015, with O'Hagan only occassionally playing benefit sets and hopes of returning to Midpoint for the first time since 2007 (this time hopefully performing in an acoustic/electric configuration). 

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