Rusty Shackle formed in early 2010 and their infectious pulse, style and musical genre - whilst potently contemporary - is difficult to pigeon hole and has been described by Plugged In magazine as the “Bombay Badboy of Folk” a reference to the hottest Pot Noodle on the market. This said, elements of folk, rock, bluegrass, Celtic rhythms and Delta blues are clearly discernible. Either way, feet tap to whatever the specific nuance.
Stunning, high-energy live performances and boundless enthusiasm make sure you’ll leave exhausted, with their tunes swimming around your head for days after. They are well on the way to ensuring they are everywhere this coming summer.
The Shackle’s debut album ‘Wash Away These Nights’ has been very well received and reached number 22 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, the singles reaching as high as number 2.
As Neil King from Fatea Showcases said, “Genre prostitution is a major feature of "Wash Away These Nights", rock, pop, gospel, blues, rockabilly, skiffle, are all thrown into the melting pot to produce an album that celebrates the art of having a good time.” The album thrives on musical diversity, whilst maintaining a cohesive sound to keep it all together.
Songs from the album were chosen for the main play-list on BBC Radio Wales, with singles ‘3AM’, ‘Cold Hearted Town’ and ‘Beating Heart of a Kingdom’ getting heavy rotation with several live sessions for the BBC and airplay and interviews on other stations – Radio 1, Nation Radio, Swansea Sound, Bro Radio, GTFM, Scarlets FM - indicate the exciting buzz around the band.
“…the perfectly named, violin-toting Welsh quintet Rusty Shackle created a proper hootenanny hoedown” – The Independent
“They really have understood what contemporary folk music is about and aimed it for the big stage. They took a hall of fifteen hundred odd people and turned them into a hall of whooping gyrating fans!” – Fatea Showcases
“The Bombay Badboy of Folk” – Plugged In Magazine
“The most requested band of the week” – Nation Radio
“Expect many a drunken New Year’s Eve with Rusty Shackle as the soundtrack…”
– Miniature Music Press
Wychwood Festival, Great British Folk Festival, Green Man Festival, Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, Wales Millennium Centre, Real Radio Sparks’ in the Dark Extravaganza, BBC Radio Wales live sessions, S4C Wedi 7, Cardiff Castle, Cwlwm Celtaidd - The Celtic festival of Wales.