Tinderbox are a bournemouth based acoustic duo featuring Monique Houraghan with a distinctive 'honey-like' vocal, and Dan Tucker with an intricate finger style guitar technique.

After meeting in North Yorkshire in 1997, Monique enticed Dan to return to her hometown of Dublin where they worked on writing and performing new material until 2001.

Tinderbox then traveled the world for two years taking their sweet and mellow sound to countries such as America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

After settling in Bournemouth in 2004 Tinderbox have performed a number of headline shows to capacity crowds.

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Additionally, they have played support sets for high profile acts including Cara Dillon, Jon Allen, Corinne West, Kris Drever, Ben's Brother, Ralph McTell, Emily Maguire, Uiscedwr, Chris Difford and Megson.

In 2008 Tinderbox released their second studio album. 'Golden' was launched at Centre Stage in Bournemouth, with the band performing to a record-breaking audience. Maverick Magazine recently described 'Golden' as "Quite inspirational really...a masterpiece". Maverick went on to describe Tinderbox as being "Poised to ignite the acoustic...world". Acoustic Magazine featured a review of 'Golden' in their August 09 edition labelling the music 'Lovely, hooky and mellow'.

In April 2010 the duo launched their third studio album 'The State of Play' to a sell-out crowd. Guests who joined the duo on stage included folk guitar wizard Kevin Dempsey (Whippersnapper, Joe Broughton, Dave Swarbrick and Uiscedwr) as well as whole host of talent. BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson described the music as 'Gorgeous'. Rock N Reel Magazine's Dai Jeffries added ...tunes (that) stick in the memory from the start", and Ian Peterson of Livewire quoted Quite simply wonderful .

In May 2010, the duo did a hugely successful tour of the US covering 5 states in 6 weeks. In November2010 they went on to win an award for 'Best European Group' in Caceres, Spain.

Tinderbox have spent the past 14 months working on their new album 'Counting Time', which is due for release on 29 March. Following it's release they will be on tour throughout the UK.

Tinderbox, Bournemouth

music type
Folk, Acoustic - Live originals duo
available for
Bar/Pub/Club, Events, Festival, Corporate,
Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 3DJ
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