“Highly accomplished musicianship; with a deliciously pure voice and a lush embroidery of strings” ~ Folkwords


Award winning contemporary folk group Tinderbox were originally formed in 1997 by Dublin born singer-songwriter Monique Houraghan and guitarist/songwriter Dan Tucker. With five studio albums and one live album under their belts Tinderbox have amassed an impressive catalogue of self-penned music. Inspired by artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ane Brun, Jackson Browne and Counting Crows, the songs explore a myriad of poignant themes that range from war and the environment to lost friendship, global travel and (of course) love.

Irish born Monique met Dan at University in Yorkshire in 1994 and they began performing together when their arts degree came to an end. In 1997 they moved to Dublin where they continued to write new material and perform to enthusiastic crowds. From March 2001 Tinderbox spent two years travelling the world. During this time they acquired an agent in Australia and performed dozens of gigs in Melbourne and Sydney. This provided vital experience and also helped to further enhance their repertoire. Tinderbox have since performed in countries ranging from Germany, Hong Kong and Fiji, to New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.


On their return to the UK Monique and Dan settled in Bournemouth where they have resided since late 2004. Their new album 'All Grown Up' , due for release 25th March, showcases their distinctive sound, with Monique’s strong, forthright yet honeyed voice ably framed and supported by Dan’s expert, confident and delicately judged fingerstyle playing.

With Monique's powerful voice and Dan's delectable guitar style Tinderbox is definitely an acoustic duo to look out for.

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