Roger Ryan's Country Cuts
Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland sends the following country music news:
The Hot Country Awards Show will be staged at the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, on Tuesday April 28th, and promises to be a glittering affair with a whole host of Irish Country Superstars set to collect awards and to perform on the night. This annual event has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the biggest and best events of it's kind. And this year's show looks likely to surpass previous ones with a lineup boasting the likes of Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Lisa Mc Hugh, Derek Ryan, Margo, Crystal Swing, Philomena Begley and Paddy O'Brien, and that's just for starters as there are many, many more on the bill. Most of popular Irish stars are due to appear there so it promises to be a star spangled night. Doors open @ 7.00pm and the show starts at 8.00pm.
Emmylou and Rodney Crowell will release their new album “The Traveling Kind” on May 12th, the followup to their 2013 GRAMMY Award winning “Old Yellow Moon.” You can take a listen to the first track by clicking on their YouTube video.
Martin Gilmore Irish Tour. The Martin Gilmore Trio from Denver, Colorado, will be touring Ireland from 1 May to 12 May 2015, with a repertoire of bluegrass, country, and some folk. The Trio consists of Nick Amodeo (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Ian Haegle (bass, vocals), and Martin Gilmore on guitar, banjo, and vocals.Back in Colorado, Martin is the guitarist and lead singer with the bluegrass band Long Road Home, which features the iconic banjo player Pete Wernick ('Dr Banjo'). As well as being a fine songwriter, he is the son of Steve Gilmore, guitarist with High Plains Tradition, and came over with the band on their tour a year ago, playing support on several of their dates as well as a lively solo schedule. Martin was here last year as a solo act and was so well received he was determined to return with a band. Here is a list of dates for his forthcoming Irish Tour:
CHARLEY PRIDE has confirmed he will return to Ireland in April to play a number of shows around the country at the following venues. BUNDORAN, Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran - 15 April, BELFAST, Waterfront - 16 April, DUBLIN, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre 19 April, MULLINGAR, The Park Hotel - 21 April, CORK, Cork Opera House – 22 April, BALLYCONNELL, Slieve Russell Hotel - 24 April, CASTLEBLANEY, Glencarn Hotel - 25 April, KILKENNY, Lyrath Estate Hotel - 27 April.1st - 11th MAY 2015Fri 1st Keanes Bar, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare @ 10pm - tel 087 8886820Sat 2nd Caherciveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry - tel 087 7069935Sun 3rd Caherciveen Mountain Roots Music Festival, Co. Kerry - tel 087 7069935 Full details www.teachttharsailefolkclub.comMon 4th Mannions Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo @ 7pm - tel 087 2296018Tues 5th Mill Bar, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare @ 9pm - tel 086 8464509 (a Sixmilebridge Folk Club Concert)Wed 6th O Donovans Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork @ 9.30pm - tel 087 4153285Thurs 7th Blackrock GAA Club, Church Rd, Cork City. @ 9.30pm - tel 087 2944821Fri 8th Copper Mine Museum, Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork @ 8pm - tel 027 73218Sat 9th Tigh an Cheoil, Baile na nGall, Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford @ 9.30pm - tel 087 9898560Sun 10th Glen Theatre, Banteer, Co. Cork @ 8.30pm - tel 087 7921771 with support act - Jacobs Ladder (Harmony Singers)Mon 11th Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork @ 8.15pm - tel 087 7921771 with support act - The New Bread Winners (Bluegrass)Enquieries for all of the above - tel 087 7921771
The 25th Athy Bluegrass Festival will be held on 10-12 July 2015 at the GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare, with perennial favourites 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) at the top of the bill. Sharing that position with them will be Tom Mindte (mandolin), John Brunschwyler (banjo), and all the Patuxent Partners . Longtime attenders at Athy festivals know what a treat this means - favourable responses to the news are already on the Festival Facebook.
Derek Ryan has released his brand new single and first single of 2015, ‘Cry’. Taken from the number one album, ‘The Simple Things’, the self-penned serenade has already been touching the hearts of concert-goers around the country, and has been highly requested since the album release. On Saturday, 14th March, the praised concert tour stopped off at the Olympia Theatre Dublin, where Derek performed the sweet composition with the renowned ‘Hallelujah Choir’. 2015 so far has already been a whirlwind of success for Derek, already with two awards from Ireland’s leading newspaper, the Sunday World for ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Entertainer of The Year’, for the second year running. The singer/songwriter shows no signs of slowing down in his career, and will continue with his Irish concert and dance tour before heading off to the UK in huge demand! The Tour includes a mix of old favourites, classic country and Derek’s own original material.
DON WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES 2015 SPRING AND FALL TOUR
The Traveling Kind follows the longtime friends’ first duet album, 2013’s Old Yellow Moon, which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. Produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann), The Traveling Kind comprises 11 duet tracks, including six new songs written by Harris and Crowell with co-writing by Mary Carr, Cory Chisel, Will Jennings, and Larry Klein. Also featured are new renditions of previous Crowell cuts including ‘No Memories Hanging Around’ as well as new interpretations of Lucinda Williams’ ‘I Just Wanted to See You So Bad’ and Amy Allison’s ‘Her Hair Was Red’. The full track listing is below.
1. The Traveling Kind (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris/Cory Chisel)
July 12 BRISTOL Colston Hall (Americana Weekend)