Handsome Hound Press Kit



There's a reason Handsome Hound has been called the "musical version of 60 mg of Prozac." With its energetic, lyric-driven music, the group turns quiet rooms into spirited dance halls, in their home city and beyond, blending musical styles and influences including folk, rock, pop, Americana, and country.

Handsome Hound was formed in 2015 by partners Cuchulain Kelly and Claire Daviss, who met through music communities. Collaborating with top musicians in the DC area, the band released their debut EP, I Guess We're Doing Alright, in 2016, featuring the crowd favorite "Hannah."

Since then, the band has rapidly developed a devoted following in DC and beyond. They perform in intimate house shows, famous to DC’s eclectic music scene, and have headlined some of the city’s historic music venues and festivals, including the Black Cat, Rock and Roll Hotel, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage. The group has come to be known as one of the most dynamic live bands on the DC scene, experimenting with acoustic and electric instrumentation, and even a full horn section.

In 2018, Handsome Hound self-released its debut LP, Mountain on Fire. Engineered by Beat Baby Studios (Wye Oak, Lower Dens) and mastered by Sarah Register (Big Thief, The Shins), the highly anticipated album captures the band’s energetic live sound while elevating carefully crafted lyrics. Written over the course of several years, the album draws heavily on Claire’s and Cuchulain’s experiences as “weekend warriors” - musicians who work full-time jobs while committing their weekends to writing and performing, a balance typical for artists living in DC. While retaining tongue-in-cheek playfulness, the songs grapple with loneliness, anxiety, and growing up. 

Graphics, photos, and template posters

I Guess We're Doing Alright EP cover (JPG) 1400x1400

Stage Plot

Stage Plot

Duo hi-res promo pic (JPG)

Duo hi-res promo pic (JPG)

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Blank show poster (PNG)

Upcoming Shows

Past Shows

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

The Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival - DC

Rock & Roll Hotel - DC

Black Cat (mainstage) - DC

Gypsy Sally's -  DC

Songbyrd Café - DC

Jammin' Java - Arlington, VA

Four Hour Day Lutherie, Baltimore, MD 

Vinyl Lounge - DC

Amélie's French Bakery - Rock Hill, SC

House Show - Cambridge, MA

House Show - Denver CO

Park Slope House Show - Brooklyn, NY

All Saints' Church - Princeton, NJ

Rhode Island Avenue Fall Festival - DC 

Old City Farm & Guild Fall Festival - DC 

Salt Hill Pub - Hanover, NH