04 August 2015

The Bluegrass Ireland Blog: still alive

Although the editor retired from proactive bluegrass blogging on 15 February 2013, the Bluegrass Ireland Blog (BIB) is still alive, keeps its calendar (the most important part of the BIB) updated, and publishes news received. Send in news by e-mail; and please also e-mail it to Wendy Connolly for the 'Bluegrass in Ireland' Facebook page.

Thinking of touring in Ireland? Have a look at the BIB's THINKING OF TOURING IN IRELAND? page. The BIB's background and purpose are explained here, and tips on using it are here. To reach both, click on the 'Welcome' label below.


03 August 2015

Well Enough Alone in Mannion's, Balla, Co. Mayo, TONIGHT

Hugh Taggart of Dublin's Well Enough Alone announces on the band's Facebook:

Hey Folks, we're keeping the music going tonight in Mannion's pub, Balla, County Mayo, tonight from 9.00 till as late as they let us. We'd love to see you there. Thanks, Tommy Lyons. Myself, T.J. Screene, and Patrick Simpson are gonna keep it bluegrass and traditional country, it'll be fun.

The holiday weekend has been busy for Well Enough Alone, who played their usual Sunday afternoon gig at the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St., Dublin 2 (2.30-4.30 p.m.) and were playing later that day (9.00-11.00 p.m.) in the Thomas House, Thomas St.

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02 August 2015

Morgan O'Kane Trio: fifteen-date tour in Ireland, 15-29 Aug. 2015

(L-r) Ferd Moyse IV, Morgan O'Kane, Zeke Healy

Thanks to Shawna Cooper of Dollartone Records and Pinball Sessions for this press release:

Morgan O’Kane is New York’s banjo-playing, tambourine-toting, hillbilly-punk journeyman. Along with his band, Morgan returns to Ireland for a fifteen-date tour in August. Brooklyn-based O’Kane’s music comes from the mountains. A mix of Appalachian folk, bluegrass, and zydeco, all played with an intensity and passion that is hard to resist.

The banjo is O’Kane’s weapon of choice and he uses it alongside his gruff vocals to take you on a journey into his world of characters and stories from the flip side of America. While Morgan O’Kane clearly knows his way around the old tunes, this ain’t no revival – he is more interested in creating his own, helped by the virtuoso band of New York City’s Dobro genius, Zeke Healy, and the one-and-only Ferd Moyse IV on fiddle (Hackensaw Boys). He has released three albums on Dollartone Records entitled Nine lives (2010), Pendulum (2011), and The one they call the wind (2014).

Morgan is also featured in the film The Porchlight Sessions, which documents bluegrass in America and recently performed in season 5, episode 1 of the FX network hit TV show 'Louie'. Additionally, he created the sound track for the documentary film Low coal, which addresses the coal mining industry in Appalachia. Morgan is an activist in the mountain-top removal movement.
  • Ian Spafford of Stirring.org.uk said of Morgan’s music: '... it struck me that this music was to bluegrass and old-timey what punk was to rock in the late seventies.'
  • '... he’s like an oldtimer folk legend back from the dead.' (FolkRadioUK)
  • '... it will soon become one of the essential albums in the collection of any one who cares about music with a bit of heart, a bit of soul, and a bit of feeling. This album should come with a warning: once you let it get under your skin you'll not get it out again.' (Fatea Review / John Hates)
Shawna also sends this YouTube link to a recent performance of 'Monarchs' by Morgan and Zeke. More videos, and more of Morgan's music, can be found on his website, where all the tracks from his three albums can be sampled and bought online. He is also on Spotify and SoundCloud (and Facebook).

Morgan O'Kane is now a Deering Banjo Co. endorsed artist. The trio will be playing the following shows in Ireland this month:

Sat. 15th: De Barra's, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Sun. 16th: Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, Co. Cork
Mon. 17th: Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city
Tues. 18th: St John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Wed. 19th: The Greyhound Bar, Kilkee, Co. Clare
Thurs. 20th: Cleere’s Bar, Kilkenny city
Fri. 21st: Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Sat. 22nd: Open House Festival, Bangor, Co. Down
Sun. 23rd: The Sky and The Ground, Wexford town
Mon. 24th: Rodden's Bar, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
Tues. 25th: Patsy Dan’s, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal
Wed. 26th: The Shamrock, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal
Thurs. 27th: Keady Clachan, Limavady, Co. Londonderry
Fri. 28th: Craft Village, Shipquay St., Derry city
Sat. 29th: The Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin

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01 August 2015

Rackhouse Pilfer - soon back from Europe, but not for a rest

Is any band from the bluegrass scene in Ireland currently playing more dates and further afield than Sligo's Rackhouse Pilfer? If so, the BIB looks forward to hearing about them.

On Wednesday last (29 July) Rackhouse Pilfer announced on their Facebook that after touring in the Netherlands and Germany they were in southern Switzerland, will be playing the headline show at the big La Roche Bluegrass Festival near Geneva tomorrow (Sun. 2 Aug.), and will then be returning to a busy schedule in Ireland, with a dozen or so engagements between next Friday (7 Aug.) and the end of the month. The dates are listed on this poster image, and can be seen more clearly here.

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31 July 2015

Bluegrass at the Maiden City Festival, Derry, 1-2 Aug. 2015

The bluegrass part of the Maiden City Festival at Derry city begins tomorrow (Saturday 1 Aug.) at 1.00 p.m. with the long established Bluegrass on the Walls programme, in which bands perform on or near locations on the circuit of the city walls. This event was first organised in 2000 by award-winning Donegal writer and broadcaster (and doyen of Irish bluegrass MCs) Frank Galligan. The 2015 programme features KingBlue, SAY WHAT, Cat & the Lilies, the Down and Out Bluegrass Band, The White Mansions, and the Cool Hand String Band.

Bluegrass on the Walls (1.00-4.00 p.m.) will be followed at 8.30-11.30 p.m. by an Oldtime Bluegrass Concert in the Memorial Hall (the 'Mem'), Society St. The following day (Sunday 2 Aug.) the Bluegrass Brunch will take place in the Craft Village Square off Shipquay St. from 1.00 to 6.00 p.m.

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30 July 2015

Belfast Bluegrass: next session Tues. 4 Aug. 2015

Richard Leeman, organiser of the monthly Belfast Bluegrass sessions (and also guitar player and lead singer of the Down and Out Bluegrass Band), announces that the next session will be on this coming Tuesday, 4 August 2015.

The Belfast Bluegrass session is held on the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs at the Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, starting about 9.00 p.m. All are welcome.

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29 July 2015

Claire Lynch Band tour schedule, 30 Aug.-6 Sept. 2015

The Claire Lynch Band: (l-r) Bryan McDowell, Claire Lynch, Mark Schatz, Jarrod Walker

On Monday the BIB wrote of 'talent by the ton' at the forthcoming Omagh festival. Thanks to Pat Tynan Media for a press release as reminder that the Claire Lynch Band (USA), no small part of that tonnage, will be in Ireland for four out of the five shows they'll be giving on this side of the Atlantic a month from now. The tour begins on Friday 28 August at the Buxton Opera House in Derbyshire, England. The band's schedule in Ireland is as follows:

Sun. 30th: Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, €15.00; tel. +353 (051) 878832. Time is shown as 2.00 p.m.

Wed. 2nd Sept.: DC Music Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, €16.00/ €14.00; 8.30 p.m.; tel. +353 (0)87 682 5306

Sat. 5th and Sun. 6th: Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, 2 Mellon Rd, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5QU; tel. +44 (0)28 8224 3292. Tickets £15.00 Saturday, £12.00 Sunday (these are 'Party in the Park' tickets, giving access to all acts at the Festival)

Claire Lynch's many awards include IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year for 1997, 2010, and 2013, and her vocals contributed to the award-winning Special Consensus album Country boy. She has led her own band since 2005; its current lineup includes the multi-talented bassist, clawhammer-banjo player, dancer, and 'hambone' percussionist Mark Schatz.

Listening to Claire Lynch sing is not something to be undertaken casually. Her songs and stage presence demand the listener's rapt attention. She's an intensely soulful singer, whose distinctive voice resonates with power and strength, yet retains an engaging innocence and crystalline purity. She's also a songwriter of extraordinary ability who can bring listeners to their feet with her buoyant rhythms or to their knees with her sometimes almost unbearably poignant and insightful lyrics.
(Dave Higgs, WPLN Nashville, WAMU Washington DC)

For further information, contact Pat Tynan Media, who are on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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28 July 2015

JigJam with Kruger Brothers at Eagle Music Shop, 7 Nov. 2015

Congratulations to JigJam (above: photo by Michael Quinn Photography), who on Saturday 7 November will be taking part in the annual Banjo Event at the Eagle Music Shop, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, West Yorks., England, along with the phenomenal Kruger Brothers.

Steve Noon's Eagle Music Shop is the world no. 1 dealer for Deering banjos, and Greg and Janet Deering will be at the Event, which is also celebrating forty years of the Deering company. Tickets can be booked online, where full details of the Event can also be found.

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Demolition String Band (USA) in Ireland, 28 Aug.-6 Sept. 2015

Demolition String Band: Boo Reiners, Elena Skye

The Demolition String Band (USA) have toured here for the last two autumns (2013, 2014) and are returning a little earlier this year with a tour anchored on the Dunmore East and Omagh festivals, together with at least four other gigs. The schedule as at present listed on their website is:

Fri. 28th Aug.: Levi’s, Corner House, Main St., Ballinacurra, Midleton, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m.

Sat. 29th: Blackrock 'Rockies' Hurling Club, Church Rd, Blackrock, Cork city, 9.00 p.m. (with Hank Wedel and company)

Sun. 30th: 21st Guinness International Bluegrass Festival, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, 1.00 p.m. (DSB acoustic trio)

Mon. 31st: Charlie’s Bar, 2 Union Quay, Cork city, 9.00 p.m.; 00353 21 496 5272 (Hank Wedel and friends, long-running Monday night session)

Tues. 1st Sept.: Matt Molloy’s, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 7.00 p.m.

Fri. 4th-Sun. 6th: 24th Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Mellon Rd, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, 1.00 p.m. (DSB acoustic trio)

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27 July 2015

Festival concert arrangements - and more

The BIB editor writes:

A few times recently I've been taken aback by hearing friends say 'there will be no concerts at the Omagh festival (4-6 Sept.) this year.' I jumped to the wrong conclusion and imagined the Folk Park closing at sundown - though the festival web page clearly states that the headlining, award-winning Claire Lynch Band (USA), the Demolition String Band (USA), Bill Faster (SK), and the CC Smugglers (GB) will be playing on Friday and Saturday from 7.00 p.m. till 'late'.

These performances, however, are not separately ticketed - they count as part of the 'Party in the Park' each day - and the seating will probably be around tables, as on Friday night last year, instead of in rows. On Sunday 'Bluegrass in the Park' will last from 1.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.; no separate gospel concert is mentioned. So high-grade bluegrass music (and there's talent by the ton in this year's lineup) will be performed on stage at Omagh up to (probably) the times at which concerts have ended in the past; but the word 'concert' is not being used, and the ticketing and seat arrangement are different.

[Update 28 July: friends have pointed out that the change away from formal concerts at Omagh has been reflected in lower ticket prices. On the other hand, it may be advisable to follow the example of bluegrass festival-goers in the US and bring a folding chair to make sure of a seat...]

These changes make an interesting comparison with those at other festivals on the Irish bluegrass calendar. The 8th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival (12-14 June) held two of its major concerts in Holy Trinity church and the new Town Hall Theatre, instead of (as in previous years) in a hotel ballroom with tables and bar. The results were overwhelmingly positive: in both concerts all attention focused on the music, and audience response was uniformly enthusiastic.

At the 25th Athy Bluegrass Festival (10-12 June), evening concerts were in the GAA Club main hall with seats in rows accommodating a larger audience, with the separate barroom for anyone who wanted to talk over a drink. The 'Absent friends' concert on Saturday afternoon was in the Athy Community Arts Centre, a converted methodist church with very good natural acoustics, the original pews for the audience, and no bar in the auditorium - again, results were excellent.

At the 8th Ardara Bluegrass Festival (16-19 July) the evening concert venue this year was the main room of the Heritage Centre with seats in rows, instead of the main room of the hotel with a similar capacity and tables. In spite of no bar, no tables, and a wretchedly wet evening, there was a full house and a very enthusiastic audience. And at the 21st International Guinness Bluegrass Festival in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, a month from now (27-30 Aug.), the Claire Lynch Band (USA) will be playing in concert in a ticketed venue - a new departure for the Dunmore East festival.
Another new departure for Dunmore East will be instrument workshops, given by the US duo Whiskey Deaf (left). Annie Staninec will be teaching fiddle - an opportunity no aspiring bluegrass fiddler in Ireland should miss. The videos on her website show her as a constantly inventive, propulsive, and exciting player in classic bluegrass, cajun, gypsy swing, and old-time music, not to mention original instrumentals. A four-page interview of her by Paul Shelasky, including notation for her playing of 'North Carolina breakdown', appeared in the spring 2015 issue of Fiddler magazine. John Kael (playing guitar in the photo) will be giving mandolin and banjo workshops.

Whiskey Deaf, from the vigorous scene in Portland, OR, will be playing their mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, and early country music at Omagh as well as Dunmore East, and the BIB hopes to publish details of their other gigs while in Ireland (25 Aug.-14 Sept.). For bookings and more information, John can be contacted by e-mail.

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Arklow Roots Music show tomorrow: change of venue

Two weeks ago the BIB published news from Brendan O’Regan, singer/songwriter and organiser of Arklow Roots Music, that Eilidh Patterson (photo), highly regarded singer/songwriter from Derry in the Americana/folk vein, will be performing in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on Tuesday 28 July at 8.30 p.m.

Brendan sends word that date and time remain the same, but the show's venue has been moved a short distance from the Harbour Bar in Lower Main St. to upstairs at the Breffni, 49 Main St., Arklow. Brendan himself will be playing the support slot at the show.

Beth Nielsen Chapman (USA) has written: 'Eilidh Patterson's voice is velvet and air. The richness of her sound and her songs is something beautiful to behold and she is definitely an artist to watch!' Samples of her music are here.

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New 'Americana' strings from GHS

The BIB editor writes:

Thanks to David Phillips of A&R Marketing for the news that GHS Strings have introduced a new 'Americana' range of string sets designed to suit different styles of American roots music. Using editorial privilege, I'm showing only the 5-string banjo package here; but the sets are also available for acoustic guitar, mandolin, resonator guitar, and pedal steel guitar.

All are made from cryogenically treated metals. Guitar, banjo, and mandolin sets come in light or medium gauges; resonator guitar sets in regular gauge; and steel guitar sets are made to suit either E9 or C6 tuning. More details, including exact string gauges, are on the GHS website.


26 July 2015

Greengrass in the Netherlands, 22 Aug. 2015

Thanks to the European World of Bluegrass Festival Facebook for the news that the Greengrass Music Festival, 'a place where Celtic meets Bluegrass!', will be held at Wijhe in the Netherlands on Saturday 22 August.

Wijhe is north of Apeldoorn in the central Netherlands, about 50 km east of Amsterdam. More details are on the Festival's website and (with translations from Dutch into English) on its Facebook.

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Register for Jam Camp in West Cork, 6-8 Nov. 2015!

The BIB editor writes:

Time for another reminder about the news the BIB published in February this year and again early last month: registration is open for the Bluegrass Jam Camp using the Wernick Method, taught by Larry Kernagis (photo), which will be held at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, on the weekend 6-8 November 2015.

This is the first Wernick Method Jam Camp to be held in Ireland (in the second half of 2015, two other Camps are scheduled in Europe: in France and the Czech Republic, with other leaders). Many of us have already felt the benefit of learning from 'Dr Banjo' Pete Wernick himself. His 'Jam Camp' system, focused on the essential skill of playing with others (which can bring about a quantum leap in one's playing), is now spreading into a worldwide network.

Larry Kernagis is a certified Wernick Method teacher for Alabama and Tennessee. In June he was leading a Jam Class at Hancock, MA; this month a Jam Camp in Effingham, IL; and in October another Jam Class in Maggie Valley, NC. He has thirty years experience of leading jam sessions, as well as teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago (where Greg Cahill and Michael Miles also teach). He plays in the Def Leprechaun band and the Don't Be Brothers duo.

Full details of the Roscarbery Camp are on Dr Banjo's website - where the blurb says: 'Closet pickers, this is for you! • All bluegrass instruments welcome • No jamming experience necessary • You will be jamming the first morning!' - and also on this flyer. While the Wernick Method makes it as easy as possible for pickers on any and all of the bluegrass instruments to jam together, the Jam Camp is not intended for absolute beginners, but the only requirements are as follows:

You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords.) Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

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24 July 2015

Patsy Stoneman, 1925-2015

The Stoneman sisters: (l-r) Donna, Patsy, Roni (photo from Patuxent Music website)

We learn with great regret from Bluegrass Today that Pattie Inez 'Patsy' Stoneman, daughter of Ernest Van 'Pop' Stoneman (1893-1968), has died at the age of 90.

Patsy, like her siblings, played several instruments; she led her own band for a time, and took up the autoharp in the 1960s to continue her father's tradition. After his death she rejoined the family band and fronted it on guitar, autoharp, and lead vocals. In 1965 she married John J. Murphy, jr., 'the best thing that has ever happened to me'. Her recollections are a major source for Ivan M. Tribe's The Stonemans: an Appalachian family and the music that shaped their lives (University of Illinois Press, 1993). She is survived by her sisters Donna LaVerne (b. 1934) and Veronica Loretta 'Roni' (b. 1938), with whom she recorded two recent albums for the Patuxent Music label.
About 1990 the late 'Cowboy' Jack Clement recorded a major interview with Patsy, dealing largely with her father's musical career, which can be read here. Instrument enthusiasts who have been curious about the large-body guitar shown in early photos of Ernest Stoneman should read 'Recreating Ernest Stoneman's Galiano guitar', posted by Michael John Simmons on the Fretboard Journal website. The fine photos include one of Patsy, flanked by her sisters, trying out Todd Cambio's Galiano replica.

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22 July 2015

New Breadwinners in France, 30 July-3 Sept. 2015

Following on last Thursday's post, thanks again to John Denby for the latest news from the New Breadwinners - shown in the photo (l-r: John, mandolin/ vocals; Luke Coffey, 5-string banjo/ vocals; Niall Hughes, guitar/ vocals) two months ago at Kilworth, Co. Cork.

On 1 July the band announced that they will begin on 30 July a five-week tour of France, taking in Normandy, the Alps, and Alsace. For the northern leg of the tour they will be joined by Gab Faure (fiddle), who played with them in concert at the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival last month. The tour schedule is at present as follows:

Thurs. 30th July: Morlaix 29600, Ty coz
Fri. 31st: Santec 29250, le Dossen

Sat. 1st Aug.: Gomené 22230, Pub Follette
Sun. 2nd: Guern 56310, Les Anges
Tues. 4th: Moncontour 22510, le Contretemps
Fri. 7th: Tremargat 22110, La Pépie
Sat. 8th: Douarnenez 29100, Café des Halles
Thurs. 13th: Valjouffrey 38740, L'église de Valjouffrey
Fri. 14th: Moulin Vieux 38350, L'église de Moulin Vieux
Mon. 17th-Sun. 23rd: Morzine 74110, The Dixie Bar (7-night residency)

Wed. 2nd Sept.: Rennes 35000, Le Hibou Grand Duc
Thurs. 3rd: Soulvache 44660, Le Papier Buvard

John adds: 'We may add more dates in Alsace around 25-28 August. If anyone knows any French bluegrassers out there, tell them to get in touch with us!' The band's last two gigs in Ireland before their tour are:
  • Wed. 22nd July (TONIGHT): Chancery Inn, Inns Quay, Dublin 1, 9.00 p.m. (Facebook)
  • Sat. 25th: The Little Blue Room, John Browne's Bar, Market Square, Longford town, with Vincent Cross; doors 9.45 p.m. 10.00 p.m.; €5 at the door (part of Longford Cruthu Arts Festival)
The New Breadwinners decided on Monday last week to record an album, and had finished work in the studio by lunchtime next day, so we half-expected to see reviews in Bluegrass Unlimited by now; however, it'll be something to look forward to. Photos from the session can be seen here.

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21 July 2015

Danilo Cartia interviewed

Thanks to the European Bluegrass Music Association Facebook for news of a major interview with Italian pioneer bluegrass musician Danilo Cartia. The full interview, with Danilo giving his views on the importance of roots music, can be read here.

As banjoist, guitarist, singer, bandleader, and event organiser, Danilo has been foremost in bringing bluegrass music to wider audiences in Rome and the surrounding areas of Italy. As well as playing in several different contexts and musical combinations, he organises the monthly Rome Bluegrass Jam and the annual Bluegrass Meeting at Sarzana (part of the Acoustic Guitar Meeting).

Danilo and his partner in music and life Letizia Sampaolo (guitar, autoharp, vocals) visited Ireland last month to enjoy the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, where they had a long Saturday evening jam in McGing's with Galway's Old Town Rounders. The photo above, from the Rounders' Facebook, shows Danilo (playing the BIB editor's banjo), and Letizia at centre rear.

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Dublin Bluegrass Collective - gearing up for Knockanstockan

The Dublin Bluegrass Collective (photo: Caroline Pim)

The Dublin Bluegrass Collective have announced on their Facebook the details for their sets in the coming weekend's Knockanstockan Festival - 2.30 a.m. to 4.30 a.m. on two successive nights. The band appear in the Performance Art section of the festival website, and are making this operation a Maximum Effort with a specially strong lineup.

Fiddler Leo Guillot is coming over from France to play with DBC at Knockanstockan. As announced yesterday, he will be taking part in the weekly bluegrass jam in Sin É on Ormond Quay tonight (Tues. 21 July) as the band flexes its muscles for the weekend.

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Viper Central in Ireland, 20 Aug.-7 Sept. 2015

The 'alternative bluegrass' band Viper Central from Vancouver, Canada, who visited Ireland in 2011 and 2012, will be back a month from now for a two-week tour. Their website bio says of their third album:

While the banjo and fiddle remain central, pedal steel can be heard on several tracks and the melodies draw on such diverse influences as Metis fiddle, klezmer, bluegrass, and rockabilly. Most importantly the songs come from Canadian landscape and experiences and the result is entirely natural, effortless, and delightfully original.

The tour schedule is still being filled out; the dates at present on their website are:

Thurs. 20th Aug.: Bronte Music Club, Rathfriland, Co. Down
Fri. 21st: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Sat. 22nd: Beehive Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal
Sun. 23rd: Matt Molloy's, Westport, Co. Mayo

Fri. 5th-Sun. 7th Sept.: 24th Annual Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

More details will appear on the BIB as soon as we receive them. The Beehive in Ardara is the focal point for the annual Ardara Bluegrass Festival, which has just had its highly successful eighth outing.

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17 July 2015

Bluegrass at Raftery's Rest, 19 July 2015

Thanks yet again to Wendy Connolly and 'Bluegrass in Ireland' for the news that the house band will be playing at Rafterys Rest, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway (photo), on Sunday 19 July, kicking off at 11.30 a.m. Kilcolgan is about 20 km south-east of Galway city, on the main N18 road to Limerick - and not far from Tom Cussen's Clareen Banjos in Clarinbridge. A location map is on the Rafterys Rest contact page.

The following weekend (24-6 July) the celebrated German resonator guitarist Martin Gross and his band will be heading the lineup for the Kilcolgan Bluegrass Weekend (see the BIB for 13 May). Martin will also be giving tuition on the 25th. Booking for his day-long tuition is being taken at present. For schedule of tuition and costs, please contact Peter Larkin on 087 995 3555 or by e-mail.

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