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NEW ALBUM: 12 original and eclectic songs telling intriguing stories from a spy caper to Soul singers to a tribute to John Prine.

"It’s always great to have some home grown Americana thrown our way so we say hello to Oxford’s The Kirals with their second album ‘Goodbye River’. A four piece acoustic band they’re kind of bluegrassy but they sing songs instead of just showcasing their instrumental chops. We have to say that they are like a breath of fresh air as their harmonies and incisive picking deliver the goods. John Prine pops up again as the band play tribute to him on the quite sublime ‘Ballad Of John Prine’ but elsewhere they are quite thrilling in their reclamation of folk rock. ‘Louise‘ is just about a perfect song, dark and dappled with a sense of mystery and perfectly played, as if it were by Leonard Cohen backed by Pearls Before Swine. A lovely album and well worth delving into."  AmericanaUk shortcuts April  2023

All songs written by Heffernan

Jon Heffernan: vocals, guitars

Ally Baker: vocals, banjo

Lisa Harker: vocals, accordion, concertina, hammond organ

Pete Money: double bass 

Recorded and mixed at Evolution Studios in Oxford by Nick Moorbath. www.evolutionstudios.co.uk

Produced by The Kirals and Nick Moorbath.

Mastered by Tim Turan, www.turanaudio.co.uk

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Our debut album YOU showcases eleven original songs exploring the meaning of ‘you’ and ‘me’ in human relationships. Additional contributors to the album are Matt Baker Mulhall on bass, Daniel Heffernan on piano, Lukas McDonald on drums and Nick Moorbath on Hammond Organ.

"Well-produced and beautifully packaged...the whole album has an Americana feel to it, with some fine banjo throughout by Ally. The well-written songs cover a range of subjects, but are mostly about life's journey through love and friendship... A fine start by two talented local musicians..."

Shire Folk, November 2019. www.shirefolk.org.uk

Recorded and mixed at Evolution Studios in Oxford by Nick Moorbath. www.evolutionstudios.co.uk

Produced by The Kirals and Nick Moorbath.

Mastered by Tim Turan, www.turanaudio.co.uk

Cover painting by Matt Baker Mulhall

CLICK on a track to listen ...

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MUSICIANS on YOU

Jon Heffernan: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Ally Baker: vocals, banjo & piano

Nick Moorbath: Hammond organ

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Matt Baker Mulhall

bass guitar

David Gaydon

bass guitar & double bass

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Daniel Heffernan

piano

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Lukas MacDonald

drums

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