Playing Bluegrass, Old-time and Cajun Music
Contact: Mark O'Mahony 00353 870529911;



Prison Love formed late one night round a campfire in a field just the other side of Dunmore East back in '01. Their passion for bluegrass, old-time, gospel and Cajun music has been enjoyed at major roots/bluegrass festivals all across the country, Europe and in the US.


Expect the fast pace and dynamism of El Nino's mandolin, Will N. Dowd's flat-picking guitar and banjo, Dancing Pete's squeeze-box, Beau Braker's fiddle and X-Kon's dog-house bass. Sweet vocal harmonies from Soapy Mahoney and Hurricane Barry complete the line-up.


The result is the finest musical-moonshine this side of the Mason/Dixon Line. This is a band that delivers great tunes and fun in equal doses so get your dancin' rags on, lick your lips and take a swig of all that's good about traditional American music.



Prison Love - winners of Today FM’s ‘Teenage Kicks, Beat the Original’ competition, capturing 40% of the public vote. Their acclaimed third album, ‘A Night in the Box’ is now on release.


A Night in the Box is "a lively & engrossing mix of Bluegrass and Cajun...the tightness and complex nature of their playing and their singing and harmonies underlies their commitment to, and affection for these genres...these songs could not be more authentic in feeling and mood if they were being played on a bayou in Louisiana."

Joe Breen, Irish Times, 4 Stars


"Prison Love trade in high octane bluegrass with just the right tincture of trouser-hitchin' country. Their sizzling songs set the bar high from the get-go."

Siobhan Long, Irish Times


“This seven piece string band come complete with prison uniforms, washboard and a selection of Bluegrass, old-timey, gospel, Cajun tunes and songs that sound like a fast train a comin'. 

Belfast Open House Festival



They've shared the stage with...

Vassar Clements RIP                                                Dirk Powell              

Norah Jones & the Little Willies                           Foghorn Stringband

Hickory Project                                                         Hayseed Dixie


Festivals they've rocked include...