03 October 2005

Roger Ryan's Country Cuts

Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland sends the following country music news:

[October 2016]

The Annual Irish Steel Guitar Festival will take place at the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin, over the weekend of Sat Oct 15th and Sun Oct 16th. As usual it will feature the cream of Steel Guitar players from Ireland and all over Europe with U.S. Steel player Russ Hicks as the star attraction.The hotel is offering attractive weekend packages of accomodation etc for the festival.

Hank Wedel, who is a regular and very popular performer in Cork and surrounding areas, has released a fantastic new CD on the market called Living In The Land Of Love. All the 10 tracks on the album were written or co-written by Hank himself and the opening track 'Too Gone Too Young' is already receiving extensive airplay all over Ireland.

Barry & Holly Tashian & E-5 Band from Nashville, will begin a 2 weeks tour of Ireland on Oct. 19th. which includes the following dates in the Cork area;
Fri 21st. Recital @ City Library, Cork, @ 11.00am. Sat. 22nd. Rockies Club @ 9.30pm, Mon. 24th. The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, @ 8.15pm.
They will also perform at St.John's Theatre, Listowel, on Thursday Oct 20th, and the Library, Kilmacthomas, Co.Waterford, on Friday Oct. 21st. and the Bunratty Music Fest on Sun. Oct. 23rd.

On Friday Oct. 14th. @ 11.00am Peter Harrington will present a country music programme on the Life & Music of Cowboy Jack Clement, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Nashville Legend. This programme is part of a regular series on Country Music which takes place on the second Friday of every month at the Rory Gallagher section of the City Library, Grand Parade, and is open to the general public, with free admission.

Rattlesnake County run a weekly session called The Sundown Sessions at The Raven Bar, 100 South Main St, Cork. We play a broad mix of bluegrass, country, folk, Americana etc. We're there every Wednesday night at 9:30pm and the session is open to anybody to join in. If anyone around Cork wants to sit in on the session or listen, they're more than welcome! Here is a clip of us playing Caleb Meyer at the session - http://youtu.be/tDgNo2KWuiU Please visit our page - https://www.facebook.com/TheSundownSessionsAtTheRavenBar for more info This is a weekly jam (session) for all in the Cork area to get out and play, learn, teach and share.

On Sunday 9th October, @ 8pm the Cork Opera House will present 'Rolling Back The Years with Legends of the Showband Era'. Memories of famous dance hall nights will come flooding back on the night, from the Arcadia Cork to Redbarn in Youghal to the Lilac in Enniskeane to the Majorca in Crosshaven and the Stardust on the Grand Parade. It is a historic occasion on Sunday October 9th, not to be missed with the legendary Art Supple of the Victors, Joe Mac from the Dixies, a tribute to the late great Cork stars such as Brendan O’Brien and Glenn Curtin. Terry McCarthy with his beautiful voice from the Dixies and the famous Tony Stevens with such classics as ‘When We Were Young’. The wonderful East Cork trio Crystal Swing – Derek, Dervla and Mary - will be performing along with Cork comedy legends Noel Barrett and Pat Sullivan as Joint MCs.


Country Cuts Sept. 2016.

Official Publication of Country Music Association of Ireland.

Graceland managers have announced a $45 million expansion project, “Elvis:Past, Present & Future,” a new 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex - set to open in the spring of 2017. The expansion will include a visitor’s centre -two restaurants, an exhibit of Presley’s cars, the “Elvis: the Entertainer”museum, retail spaces and more. 

Emmylou Harris is joining Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and the Milk Carton Kids for a fall tour to help shed light on the world refugee crisis. "Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees" will be hosted by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to benefit their Global Education Initiative. JRS currently works in over 45 countries to serve the world’s refugee population of more than 65 million by meeting needs in education, health and other areas. "Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees" is named for the Italian island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Sicily, which serves as a stopping point for many refugees. A complete list of the tour's 11 stops — which begin on October 6th in Boulder, Colo., and runs through October 21st, can be found at JRSUSA.org

Derek Ryan has announced the release of his first single ‘You’re Only Young Once’ from forthcoming album, ‘Happy Man’.  The new single, ‘You’re Only Young Once’, or #YOYO for short, is a lively & upbeat song, which is sure to go down well on the dance floors up and down the country as Derek continues his tour.  Not only it is a lively tune, Derek’s song has a strong message to live your life while you can – something which I’m sure his fans will agree with!  Derek’s forthcoming album, ‘Happy Man’ will be released on the 21st October is said to be his best yet. The album is straight down the line country, and boasts 14 new songs, with everything from originals to lively, upbeat dance tunes to soft ballads.

Trevor Loughrey will be one of the special guests with the legendary Bellamy Brothers in Armagh City Hotel on Wednesday 1st February 2017. The Bellamy Brothers will be in Armagh - Northern Ireland at The Armagh City Hotel , Armagh, on Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd February. There will be an opening show on Tuesday 31st January to this event and Hotel package deals Dinner , B&B and all shows , will be available from 1st September via The Armagh City Hotel.Tickets for individual nights can now be purchased on line at www.philmackcountry.com Here are the details of Artists appearing each night on this 3 day Country music event. 

Tuesday 31st January - Show starts 7.30pm Tickets £25. Opening night of the three day event. Note -- The Bellamy Brothers do not perform on this Show. Line up Lorraine & Keith McDonald - Dominic Kirwan - Philomena Begley Ged Graham - Frank McCaffrey - Sarah Jory - John Permenter - Glenn Rogers - Marie Saunders - Marisa D'Amato - Joe Moore - Owen Mac - The Ryan Turner Band 
Hosts - Phil Mack - Shauna McStravock - Sean Wallace. 

Wednesday 1st February - Show starts 7.30pm - Tickets £25. Bellamy Brothers on Stage 10.30pm Till Midnight. Also on the night Eamonn McCann - Trevor Loughrey - Shunie Crampsey - Ged Graham - Marie Saunders - Shauna McStravock Glenn Rogers - Sarah Jory - John Permenter - The Ryan Turner Band 
Hosts - Hugh O'Brien - Phil Mack - Shauna McStravock. 

Thursday 2nd February - Show starts 7.30pm - Tickets £25. Bellamy Brothers on Stage 10.30pm Till Midnight. Also on the night Stephen Smyth -Gloria - Tony Kerr - Glenn Rogers - Ben Troy - Cliona - Ailish McBride - Sarah Jory - John Permenter - The Ryan Turner Band 
Hosts - Phil Mack - Shauna McStravock - Sean Wallace

Barry & Holly Tashian & E-5 Band from Nashville will be on tour in Ireland from Oct. 19th to Oct 31st with appearances booked for the Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, on Monday Oct. 24th, and St. John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, on Thur. Oct 20th, and shows in Bunratty, Dublin, Balladerheen, Balla Fest etc.

Country Cuts MARCH . 2017.

Official Publication of Country Music Association of Ireland.

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (USA) are currently in the throes of a 3 weeks tour of Ireland which began on  23 Feb.- and finishes up Mon. 13 Mar. 2017. This is their third tour here in as many years and their popularity has certainly grown since their first visit. This time 'round playing bass with them is Mark Schatz, twice IBMA Bass Player of the Year, and also a master of flatfoot dance, 'hambone' body percussion, and clawhammer banjo. Following sold out shows at Ballydehob, Kilworth etc. A new venue on the tour this year is the Firkin Crane Theatre, John Redmond Street, Shandon, Cork, with support act Greenshine. The remaining dates on their tour are as follows:
March 2017
Wed. 1st: Baker's Bar, Parnell St., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 086 1702021
Thurs. 2nd: Rossmore Theatre, Rossmore, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 4481086
Fri. 3rd: Coastguard Cultural Centre, Love Lane, Tramore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 051 391656
Sat. 4th: Firkin Crane Theatre, John Redmond St., Shandon, Cork city, 8.00 p.m.; support act Greenshine. Tel. 021 4507487
Sun. 5th: Old Schoolhouse, Clashmore, Co. Waterford, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 4148651
Wed. 8th: Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville, Co. Cork, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 087 1804870
Thurs. 9th: St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 086 22566
Fri. 10th: Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 01 8020898
Sat. 11th: Beehive Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal, 8.30 p.m. Tel. 087 6900714
Sun. 12th: Mannion's Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 087 2296018
Mon. 13th: The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.

A country music recital based on the career of Merle Haggard will be presented at the Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork, on Friday March 10th by regular presenter and country music historian, Peter Harrington. Peter has a vast knowledge of country music songwriters and as he said, there's no better writer than the late great Merle Haggard. Known as the Poet of the Common People, Merle Haggard has written and recorded some classic country tunes and in the time allowed, Peter will try and include a cross section of his outstanding career. These popular record sessions take place every month at the Rory Gallagher section in the City library. They begin at 11.00am and are free to the general public. If you would like to be reminded of all events at the library, just give them your mobile number, and you will be kept well advised.

The 13th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival will be held from Wednesday 1 March to Sunday 5 March, with thirty concerts featuring 100 songwriters. A full schedule is on the website, where the programme can also be downloaded.  Free song sessions open to all are running from 8.00 to 9.30 p.m. on each of the first four nights in the Olympic Bar of the Clayton Hotel, and on Thursday 2 March the artists taking part in a 'Songs from the Heart' concert will include Janet Henry (Janet Holmes). Other concert artists of interest Darrell Scott.

The 2nd Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree  will be staged in Athy, Co.Carlow, between Friday July and Sunday July 9th and the lineup is now complete, with Amy & Evan Lyons (Tipperary), Colonel Bullshot Rides Again (Mayo), and hosts Woodbine  kicking it off on Friday 7 July. Filling the Saturday 8 July programme is Clem O'Brien (Laois), the Watery Hill Boys (Drogheda, Co. Louth), and hosts Woodbine. Full details on Woodbine's website Jamboree page and Facebook Jams will be held each night after the concert, and in Pat Dunne's lounge, Athy, at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday 8 July.

 Following his appearance at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Fest, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Darrell Scott will embark on a short tour of Ireland and will perform at the following venues:
Thurs. 2nd-Fri. 3rd: 13th United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival
Sat, March 4th. Civic Theatre, Tallaght.
Sun. 5th: The White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Thurs. 9th: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Sun. 12th: Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo town
Mon. 13th-Wed. 15th: Songwriting intensive workshop, Kinvara, Co. Galway
Darrell Scott has collaborated with Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Verlon Thompson, Guy Clark, Tim O'Brien, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mary Gauthier, and many others. His album with Tim O'Brien, We’re usually a lot better than this, was released in October 2012. His music has attracted a growing fanbase, and he tours regularly with his own band. In early 2005 his Theatre of the unheard was Album of the Year in the 4th Annual Independent Music Awards. His latest album, Crooked road, was released on 25 May 2010. Plenty of videos of his music are on his website or YouTube.

Paddy O'Brien, known as the Friendly Voice of Country Music, has announced that Tickets are now on sale for his concerts which are happening during March, April and May . Paddy promises that it will be a very different show because as well as singing many of the songs he has recorded down through the years, he will also be including other well known songs that he grew up listening to and still enjoys today. He will be joined by special guests at each venue. These concerts will be up close and personal and are something that Paddy has wanted to do for some time. A regular performer at Dance and Cabaret venues, this time Paddy will bring his music and his guests to his many loyal fans at some popular Theatres. He is looking forward to this new phase in his career and hopes his followers will come along and enjoy the show in a theatre atmosphere. The show's kick off at the acoustically perfect Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Thur. March 27th. Here is a list of dates confirmed so far:


After another hugely successful festival last year with headliners; Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church, C2C Fest. is delighted to announce that it will return for a fifth year on 10 - 12 March 2017 to London and the O3 Dublin. The festival will bring three full days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love and expect from the weekend.  Fans can see enjoy performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe. This is Ireland’s biggest country music festival and Country To Country 2017 will take place at the  3Arena, Dublin from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 March. Featuring the biggest country music stars in the world including Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Marty Stuart, Chris Young, Darius Rucker and many many more. Tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwowhrWduSw

The Kilkenny Roots Festival organising team announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Festival (28 Apr.-1 May). More details of the lineup of artists appearing there in the main shows are on the Festival e-newsletter. NB: the Music Trail lineup (in which it is more likely that bluegrass-related acts will appear) is not yet available.

Gerri Deane & Country Collective.
The exciting new and talented band Gerri Deane & Country Collective will be in action at the Rockies Club, Blackrock, on Saturday night next Feb. 25th. @ 9.30pm.Hope you can come along and join us for what promises to be a great night at The Rockies.

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