Two Dollar Bash are an acoustic folk/country/blues band, originally from Scotland, Ireland and France, consisting of 4 talented singer-songwriters, who back up each other's compositions with an intuitive feel that can only come from many years of playing together. With great original songs, fine musicianship and impressive harmonies, the band blends influences from North American folk, blues and country with Celtic and European styles.
The four members, Mark Mulholland, Tony Rose, Matt de Harp and Joe Armstrong, have been playing together in different combinations throughout Europe for the past fifteen years, in a variety of bands including punk, rock, psychedelic and swing as well as the folkier formations, and also simply travelling around, picking up gigs and busking, swapping songs and stories with other musicians along the way. As well as honing their own songwriting and playing skills, this means that the band's repertoire includes many songs from friends, who in turn are singing Two Dollar Bash songs throughout Europe and North America.
Since the formation of this incarnation of the band in 2003, Two Dollar Bash has been touring
constantly throughout Europe, and has also completed two very successful tours of America. In September 2005 they won the "Rising Legend" award at the 30th Old-time Country and
Traditional Music Festival in Missouri Valley, Iowa. In 2006 Two Dollar Bash played at the Latitude Festival in England, and were one of 4 bands from around the world selected to perform at the International Country Night showcase at the Popkomm music industry conference in Berlin. 2007 brought tours of Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, an extensive tour of the US and Canada which included showcase performances at the prestigious South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and a major UK tour to coincide with the release of their albums there through Proper Distribution. Their first two albums, "Two Dollar Bash" and "On the Road", are released on Berlin label Cannery Row Records, who have also now released the third album, "Lost River", recorded in the summer of 2007 in a farmhouse in the Czech Republic by engineer Dugald Jayes (Hugo Race and the True Spirit) and producer Craig Ward (The Frames, deUs, The Love Substitutes). The new album reflects great development in the songwriting skills of each of the band members, as well as much richer and more varied arrangements. Initial reactions suggest that this record could propel Two Dollar Bash into a different league.
Two Dollar Bash returned to Austin for a second successive showcase at SXSW 2008, completed an extensive British tour in June to coincide with the UK release of “Lost River” and toured throughout Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands during the autumn. The three albums are also available through all major download platforms.
Two Dollar Bash has been invited to perform a showcase for a remarkable third successive year at SXSW 2009, and has also been invited to play an official showcase in February at the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, another important industry event. “Lost River” is due for release in the Benelux territories in May 2009 in partnership with Dutch label Corazong.
Mark Mulholland's solo album “The Devil on the Stairs” which also features guest appearances by the other band members, has been released worldwide by London label Troubadour under license from Cannery Row Records.