Wookalily / Press

“Everything Is Normal Except The Little Things Inside My Head is an insanely innovative and intriguing album for anyone regardless of genre preferences. Not only is the musicianship excellent, but the visceral storytelling throughout the album is compelling and captivates you the whole way through.”

“This ain’t your mama’s folk record. Five voices, ten instruments, four-part harmonies, not to mention the myriad of genres explored on Everything’s Normal.”

“Wookalily are a unique Irish indie folk band. Five musicians deliver music that manages to be beautiful and edgy, sometimes at the same time. The band swirls in elements of Country, Folk, Valve Amp Rock n Roll and straight ahead Twilight Zone weirdness.”

“The lyrical prowess on show captures that perfectly with its pared down, often startling imagery, which puts more laboured work to shame. 'Welcome to the Fold', 'Whiskey and Wine and 'Escort Me' stand out, but they're all good songs. What you might call up my street.”

“It's a really fine album. Wookalily, back and sounding mighty good.”

“Wookalily has officially dropped their eclectic and authentic single titled ‘Escort Me’ from their freshly released album ‘Eᐯǝr⅄tᕼing is Иoяmal Except the Little Things Inside My Head’. The song is unique, in my mind, because it is an alt-folk track that has a set of massive hooks and beautiful harmonies and hears like a pop song in that it sticks with you, in your head, after that initial listen. This makes ‘Escort Me’ an authentic piece of future #indie history because the song is like that new friend you can’t get enough of that is wonderfully crafted by a brilliant set of talented artists.”

“Wookalily are amazing and deserving of more attention on the local music scene. There’s nothing else quite like them. Unique to the core, these five women turn from one instrument to another as quick as time. There’s only one Wookalily, but five women making a wonderful sound.”

“Children and ghosts were created using tape varispeed and recording backwards, all captured to 2" multitrack and mixed on the fly on a 1978 mahogany trimmed Trident desk. 'Everything is Normal' sounds like a 1970s lost classic. Atmospheric, cinematic, hints of folk and Morricone but also early B52's . I really enjoyed making this record, it'll find it's way into cultured collectors hands over time.”

Julie McLarnon - Analogue Catalogue Vintage Recording Studios.

“Recorded on analogue equipment by award-winning producer Julie McLarnon (The Vaselines, Jeffrey Lewis, Lankum, and King Creosote), it has a wraparound sound that’s hard to pin down. At times, there is a vintage, throw-back vibe, at others, it is utterly other-worldly – ethereal and even a little bit spooky – then it swerves to an almost child-like innocence. This is music of complexity and many vibrant textures, yet there is a darkness, a broody echo arched in the background.”

“Not immediately accessible, Everything Is Normal … requires you to work to get the most out of its low cast musical and lyrical nuances, but I promise you, the effort pays off.”

“A great band with a fine album, 'Everything is Normal Except the Little Things Inside My Head'. I'll be playing quite a few tracks over the weeks and months to come.”

“Fabulous! I like them very much. Wookalily, I think it would be interesting to see them live.”

“A band called Wookalily make an impression – and not just because of their name; all female and from Belfast, they play a kind of spooked prog-folk, a notable song being “The Devil is a Woman”. There is something of The Wicker Man about them. Indeed, there is something of The Wicker Man about this whole place.”

“Wookalily's second album promises to be a glorious and perhaps unexpected development from the first one - a work of the same spirit but now with added depth. Where the songs of the first album were upbeat and quirky, those of the second are mesmerising, dreamlike and reflective. It's the fire at midnight and mug of cocoa to the madcap day in the country that went before. It'll be fantastic!”

Colin Harper - Music Author: Bloomsbury, 2000 and Jawbone

“Roars come from the back of the now filled hall as Belfast based 5-piece all girl band Wookalily take the stage. Each member is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist contributing to this quirky bluesy country rock explosion, and as the set progresses with songs from their 2014 album All The While Waiting and tracks from their soon to be recorded second album such as Forever Folly and Touché it’s easy to see why this band have already gained local and international recognition. Singer Lindsay Crothers’ is a bit like Janis Joplin reincarnated as she and Adele Ingram in harmony take us through a toe tapping set, the highlight of which being their cover of Abba’s ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ which has everyone clapping and singing along. Finishing up for the interval with ‘The Devil is a Woman’ these ladies certainly make a lasting impression.”

“Listening to All the Waiting While is like making a bunch of really good new friends after a period of drought and get even better with further acquaintance. However, as good as the CD is it doesn’t match “Wookalily” live and wild as they are. This band of women give you a taste of unfettered freedom which is as infectious as it gets.”

“Wookalily were the best band we discovered in Northern Ireland for UK's Best Part-time Band. Their fantastic cover of Abba's Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) brought down the house at the Limelight, Belfast. A great all girl group showing the boys how it should be done.”

Tom Willis, series producer, UK's Best Part-time Band on BBC4 - .

“All The While Waiting (One-A-Chord Records) is an incredibly brilliant album from the Northern Irish band Wookalily by American root influenced Irish folk class. These four young women throwing their original songs much authenticity, fire and exuberance. The songs are of exceptional quality, the song mixes a wonderful sounding femininity with a sharpness that is inimitable. It's one word to enjoy the real roots enthusiast.”

Muziekis NL

“Ireland has a wonderful musical heritage thanks to the passing on of skills from generation to generation, father to son and mother to daughter. Add a series of outside influences some great songwriting and you have Wookalily. The all female band, four Irish and one Welsh, make a glorious noise guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a skip in your step”

Midge Ure - N/A

“The entire record is one of beauty.  For all those people who are fans of Nashville, especially Clare Bowens (AKA Scarlett), work, then this album is for you. A bluegrass, folk, acoustic combination that is mesmerizing.  I am totally in love with it and I am sure everyone who comes across it will be too.”

“Wookalily’s inaugural album regularly excites through its often adrenaline fuelled execution. At the same time, its emotional side conveys plenty of poignancy and can make it quite moving. This ability to change the tone at a moment’s notice and still stay consistent is what allows it to really resonate.”

Dave Simpson - Pure M Mag

“It's hard to pigeon hole, it's one of those that really blends the genres. You can hear that swampy Louisiana Jazz sound in there, a lot of folk in there and some bluegrass...Blew off the cobwebs...Four piece girl band from Ireland. The music really does the talking. There's some instrumentation/instrumentals on there and they're really playing their instruments well so something a little bit different.”

“All The Waiting While is like a breath of fresh air. Strong songs, passionate playing and harmonies to die for. Irresistable.”

Ralph McLean - BBC Radio Ulster

“Wookalily make excellent music and All The Waiting While is a really impressive album. The songs are memorable, the ensemble playing is joyous and it's always a treat to see the band performing these tunes live. Quite the achievement.”

Stuart Bailey - BBC Radio Ulster


“These four young women could (should!) turn out to be the roots music find of the decade. Their playing and arrangements almost defy superlatives.”

“One of the most exciting new arrivals on the bluegrass scene - Ireland's answer to The Be Good Tanyas.”

“Ultimately the ladies have produced a record true to the core, wide in appeal and aiming straight to recognisable status. A fine achievement for a debut record.”

“Belfast’s contribution to Americana, there’s an immediate attraction that comes from the dramatic vocals, tight harmonies, insistent finger picking, searing strings and rattling percussion. That’s not to say this is album is all about how fast you can play, far from it, it’s more about delivering expressive songs with meaning that alternate ‘hard-driving’ with ‘relaxed-cruising’, while along the way you’re treated to some outstanding musicianship and accomplished songwriting.”

“Wookalily's debut album, All The Waiting While, was easily worth all the waiting ... for it really is 'finger-plucking good' from start to finish!”

“Listening to the new Wookalily record and those fightin, murderin, black magic wielding gals have delivered a classic long player.”

“Beauty imbued finger picking with some classic folk vocals, steaming banjo, ever evolving fiddle and the occasional holler. This album has just escaped from being tied to the railway tracks by a man with a twisty moustache; and it is out for revenge.”

“Smashing debut album from one of the leading acts on the local acoustic music scene. Hopefully this release will help get their music out to a wider audience.”

“If you think there's no high energy music around, listen to Wookalilly's new album. All the Waiting While is full of great, high energy playing, great harmonies, fine funny lyrics….the girls done real good.”

“Wookalily are the most brilliant, intoxicating and life-enhancing band I've heard in 20 years - not only from Northern Ireland, from anywhere. Lindsay Crothers is a vocal sensation. It's unbelievable that these people can still be seen for free in bars around Belfast.”

“Wookalily, the all female Northern Ireland Bluegrass/Newgrass band, are a fantastic mix of traditional sounds and modern folk with a little Irish influence. Headed up by songwriter Adele Ingram this band, in its many diverse forms, sit comfortably both within the bluegrass and Newgrass market as well as the folk and country scene. Their unique songwriting and fantastic musicality have carved them a unique place in the Irish music scene seeing them play everywhere from big festivals and stages to intimate residencies in Belfast City's prestigious Cathedral Quarter.”

“Nice music, ladies! Keep it up!”

“On the strength of the their achievements to date, it would be rash to predict how far Wookalily might go in the future.”

“Pretty damn hot songs”

Barry Devlin - Musician & singer/songwriter with Horslips, screen writer and director

“The balanced mix of bluegrass, folk and country may give it a quirky sound, but this female-led and roots-based band of dedicated and talented performers also has an extra quality … enough banter and craic to make the on-stage enjoyment even more infectious – Wonderful Wookalily!”

"You girls wowed the audience - loved your set, thanks for playing!"

Tracy Dempsey - Soul Ambition Sofa Session at The Ulster Hall, Belfast

"The musical mix shifts again for a few laid back Appalachian tunes from Adele Ingram and Meghan McWilliams of multi-instrumentalist group, Wookalilly. A rendition of 'Wayfaring Stranger' echoes out into the early evening"

"Congratulations to Wookalily on their fabulous concert Saturday night last. The audience lapped up their unique style of Bluegrass and howled for more! We can't wait to have them back for another amazing evening."

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre - The Danny Boy Festival

“Speaking of Wookalily's recording of Dixie Hall's song 'To a Dove': "It is absolutely beautiful! Tom T. loves it too. We’re very proud to have you." ”

Dixie Hall - Daughters of Bluegrass and Blue Circle Records, Nashville

“Wonderful to have you guys under our roof! Sounded great, and we look forward to the next time!”

“I saw Wookalily at the Open House Festival in Belfast. They're combination of skilled musicianship and crowd-friendly banter had the place in raptures. And their original songs weren't half bad either! Definitely the band to see for a thigh-slapping night on the tiles.”

“Wookalily launched their new EP "Black Magic Doll" with a super show at The Real Music Club. At the RMC we do our utmost to support local talented artists and Wookalily proved they fall into that category with a stirring performance before a near sell out crowd.”

“The Jester pub was a first-timer at the festival and hosted the 'wild card' show of the festival with Wookalily from Co. Down. The girls of Wookalily played live on 'News talk' that morning and played another acoustic show on Saturday afternoon. All their shows were top-class, and they proved that it was the right decision to book them to the festival. ”

“Hey, really enjoyed the band the other day. Fantastic sound. will defintely love to come see you play soon. Niamh”

“O Sisters, There Art Thou! Wookalily rattle out feelgood rootsy tunes that could raise the spirits of the most beaten down chaingang in the history of the deep south and have them dancing their shackles off to folkin’ glorious freedom in minutes.”

“Five young women with folk music running through their veins and a catalogue of tunes to keep feet tapping into the wee small hours. They’ve been honing their craft individually for years and as a group have taken the local folk and country scene by storm.”

“Wookalily love their music, they play it with great panache, and have a unique steer on the traditions of roots, folk and Americana.”

Stuart Bailie - BBC Radio Ulster