THE KANSAS CITY STAR REVIEW - KANSAS CITY IRISH FESTIVAL 2015
"The darkness was now shining menacingly through the trees and all around the forest was black but as you made your way under the confines of the Main Stage, the colour of both light and sound would soon hit you direct in the face. Tupelo were the band and they stood a dominant figure upon the stage. Harking back to folk giants of old, the band somehow manage to create an impressively modern sound amongst the output of old school fiddles and traditional music. Tupelo are what every stereotypical American thinks all of our music sounds like; a raucous onslaught of traditional chaos. A chaos in the most polite sense of the word however as the band marry a tight and expertly played set together, all topped off with the heroics and showmanship of James Cramer. It is with Irishman, with it’s lyrics “I am an Irishman, this is my land,” that the crowd get their full dose of rebel rousing and a fully fledged modern ceili erupts at the main stage. If you want original, modernised and relevant Irish traditional music done well; then look no further than Tupelo."
GOLDENPLEC REVIEW - VANTASTIVAL 2013
"Tupelo turned a mellow, chilled, laid-back festival Friday evening into a rip-roaring, foot-stomping frenzy that nearly brought the tent down, in the best possible way. A delightfully unexpected and unforgettable end to the first night."
DEER SHED FESTIVAL 2012, UK
"People of all ages are on their feet, dancing like there's no tomorrow and singing 'baby baby' at the top of their voice. When frontman James Cramer promised to convert us all to Tupelonians, he really meant it.
But let's take things from the start, Tupelo's acoustic roots music reminds you of something you might hear in a tiny pub, yet doesn't seem remotely out of place in a jam-packed Whelan's. James is a naturally gifted showman, jumping around and interacting with the crowd. Not that it's a one-person show in the slightest, all five band members get their moment of glory when the hyperactive frontman steps back and lets them take centre stage for a solo. The sheer variety of musical instruments on display is impressive: saxophone, fiddle, double bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, all masterfully played.
There's plenty of variety, from the upbeat 'Dirty Money' and 'Blue Gardinia' to the deeply emotional 'I'm An Irishman'. "This is a song about history", James warns us before starting to sing the story of Joseph Plunkett, recounting the Easter Rising. The next minute he's back into happy mode, dedicating songs to the ladies in the audience. Yes, he's actually forcing us to participate, but we're all enjoying it. One great tune follows another: the beautiful banjo and mandolin duet in 'Family's Land'; the exhilarating 'Firefly'; the super-catchy 'Bad Man'. It doesn't get any better."
HOT PRESS LIVE REVIEW - WHELAN'S, 8/9/2011
"Dublin bluegrass act Tupelo really get things though, with a fiddle-heavy set which temporarily transforms this sleepy crowd into a frenzied, straw-chewin hoedown."
HOT PRESS LIVE REVIEW - CASTLEPALOOZA 2011