Gospel Hour

by The Barrel Boys

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This album was born back in the days of our residency at the Cloak & Dagger Irish pub. Every Tuesday, usually some time during the second set, we would start calling some of our favourite songs from the rich country-gospel tradition, memorably recorded by the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, and Hank Williams. We started calling this portion of the set 'Gospel Hour,' and when we got the opportunity to record a few tunes live off the floor in the space of a single evening, we knew what the theme of our new record had to be.

These tunes were recorded the way we played them live at the Cloak so many times - with no isolation, no headphones, huddled in a tight circle around a few mics. In the case of tracks 5 & 6, we recorded both tunes in one continuous take. For the final a cappella number, we got to do something we've always wanted to do, which was record around a single microphone, in mono.

We're very happy to share this album with you all, and we would like to extend thanks and appreciation to our family and friends, to Alan for making us sound good, and to the Cloak & Dagger, especially Lindsay, Scott and Rod.


released December 15, 2015

Tim O'Reilly - upright bass, vocals
Ben Wright - guitar, vocals
Nathan Smith - fiddle, vocals
Rob McLaren - banjo, vocals
Kyle Kirkpatrick - dobro, vocals

Engineered and mixed by Alan Han
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering
Graphic design and layout by Tim O'Reilly



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The Barrel Boys Toronto, Ontario

Toronto bluegrass, country & old-time band. Luscious vocals & barn-burning picking. Original & traditional tunes.

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