After over a year of gigging around his home-town and sharing the stage with acts such as international folk singer-songwriter Chuck Ragan and Ex-Stiff Little Fingers member Henry Cluney, Belfast based singer-songwriter Darren Hill is set to launch his second EP “Hand of a Wolf” in McHughs Basement on the 13th of August.
He will be joined by a full band under the name “Darren Hill & The Poison Oaks” and this will be their debut headline gig. Support comes from the groove-orientated Treehome, Post-Punk outfit Goodbye Nola and Towers, who will be playing an acoustic set.
Following this event, Darren Hill & The Poison Oaks will be playing a co-headline gig with The Titanics on Friday the 14th of August in the Atlantic Live Lounge, Portrush. “Hand of a Wolf” will be available to purchase via Darren’s bandcamp in both physical copies and by digital download. Straying slightly from the folk characteristics which were displayed in Darren’s previous release “Western Sunrise”, “Hand of a Wolf” has described by Darren Hill as having been; “Influenced more by alternative bands such as The Front Bottoms while maintaining some features of folk music”.
Darren produced this EP himself, taking inspiration from other artists such as The Tallest Man on Earth, who produced the “Shallow Grave” album and Bruce Springsteen who produced his own album “Nebraska”.
This gig is being set up by Blackstaff Music, a collection of relatively young, new music promoters. They aim is to promote the local Belfast music scene as much as possible, particularly with their associated acts, of which “Darren Hill & The Poison Oaks” is one.