Releases

August 2017 – Album – You Can’t Take It With you

My Debut Album, ‘You Can’t Take It With You’, released August 2017, is a collection of original songs in a folk styling. There are ballads, reels and torch songs, conjuring up images of Artists such as The Pogues, Dubliners, Tom Waits and Nic Jones.

About

My name is Josh and welcome to joshacoustic.com, a website to showcase my various musical projects. I’m based in the Manchester area, and have been playing music for the best part of 10 years.

I started off as a solo acoustic musician back in 2008, cutting my teeth at The Castle Open Mic on Oldham Street in Manchester. I met some wonderful people around that time, some of which are still friends to this day. I then branched out and began playing gigs around the rest of Manchester at first, then other cities in the UK, before booking a DIY tour of Europe in the summer of 2008, which mostly consisted of busking, with a few gigs thrown in along the way.

After a few months busking round Europe, I then joined a band called Naymedici, playing a raucous brand of gypsy-irish folk. We were described as ‘the bastard child of The Pogues and Gogol Bordello’ in one review, and Irvine Welsh said we were ‘f***ing on it!’ which is probably one of the best reviews we ever got! In Naymedici, we were lucky enough to get on the UK Festival scene, playing a headline slot at Y-Not Festival one year, and also other great festivals like Kendal Calling and Spirit of Folk.

We released a few singles during this time, including ‘Paddy McGee’, ‘Koo Koo The Bird Girl’, ‘Whack Fol The Diddle’ and ‘Men and Women’ and were featured on BBC 6 Music, E4, MTV UK, MTV Europe and MTV International. Not bad for a DIY Band with no management!

The band moved to Ireland, where we tried to make a go of playing and gigging full time. We managed to play some great places here, like The Crane Lane in Cork, and the famous Whelan’s in Dublin, whilst living in a lovely beachside cottage on the coast of West Cork. It was during this time that we undertook a tour of Europe, playing in cities such as Berlin and Prague among others.

Everyone in the band all moved on to different things in 2014, and it was time to begin the next project. I formed The Lucky 15’s, an Irish Party Band, with a great bunch of talented musicians I knew from various other bands in Manchester. We mainly play covers gigs at Sporting Events, Corporate Gig and Weddings, and have a wide repertoire of both Irish songs and classic pop songs too.

During this time, I was still developing my songwriting, and released my debut solo album, ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ in 2017.

Over the years, my music has been featured on:

  • BBC Radio 6 – Tom Robinson Show 
  • Channel 4 – Mojo Mobile Advert
  • E4 – Mojo Mobile Advert
  • RTE – The Late Late Show
  • MTV UK – Plain Jane
  • MTV Europe – Plain Jane
  • MTV International – Plain Jane
  • ITV – Cheltenham 2017 Coverage
  • Signatures (2014 Documentary about Mountain Biking)

Videos

Joshua McClurg – If You’re Gone

Joshua McClurg – Clonakilty, Cork – Recorded for The Boat Sessions

Joshua McClurg – Take Me Alive, Honey – Recorded for The Green Chair Sessions

Joshua McClurg – Moville Girl – Recorded for Sonic Laundry

Joshua McClurg – Dry Those Tears Away – Recorded for The Boat Sessions

Bookings

I am also available for Covers gigs, either solo or with my band The Lucky 15’s. My set is generally a lively combination of singalong Irish songs and popular songs from the last 50 years or so.

Here is a sample of our setlist:

 

Irish Songs

 

  1. Whiskey in the Jar
  2. Wild Rover
  3. Irish Rover
  4. Galway Girl 
  5. Streams of Whiskey
  6. Waxies Dargle 
  7. Leaving Of Liverpool 
  8. Rare Old Mountain Dew 
  9. New York Girls 
  10. Weile Waile 
  11. Tell Me Ma 
  12. Gentleman Soldier 
  13. Dirty Old Town 
  14. Black Velvet Band 
  15. All for me Grog 
  16. Bitter, Lager, Cider Ale and Stout 
  17. Pair of Brown Eyes
  18. Raggle Taggle Gypsy 
  19. Paddy McGee 
  20. Cod Liver Oil 
  21. Fields of Athenry 
  22. Wild Mountain Time 
  23. Carrickfergus 
  24. Raglan Road 

 

Popular Songs

 

  1. Folsom Prison Blues
  2. That’s Alright Mama
  3. The Gambler 
  4. 500 Miles
  5. Ring of Fire
  6. Suspicious Minds 
  7. Country Roads 
  8. Sweet Caroline 
  9. Valerie 
  10. Message to you Rudy 
  11. Knocking on Heaven’s Door 
  12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s 
  13. Hound Dog 
  14. Wagon Wheel 
  15. Brown Eyed Girl 
  16. Like a Rolling Stone 
  17. Bad Moon Rising
  18. Twist and Shout 
  19. Hit the Road Jack 
  20. Wonderwall 
  21. Don’t Look Back in Anger
  22. Half The World Away 
  23. Common People
  24. Little Old Wine Drinker Me
  25. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

If you are interested in booking me for an event, please get in touch via the Contact Form below with details such as dates, venue and budget and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. I can also be contacted on my mobile 07931 781 587 or via email at thelucky15s@gmail,com

 

Please take the time to review my booking Terms and Conditions

 

I can be available as a solo acoustic singer, duo with violin or with percussion, or full 4/6 piece Irish Party Band.

Contact

If you would like to get in touch, book me, or just to reach out, please use the form below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.