17 May 2011

Bluegrass Music Weekend at Lakeside Manor, Virginia, Co. Cavan

Thanks to Tony O'Brien for this press release:

Ireland's premier bluegrass band, Woodbine, will play a weekend of bluegrass music at the Lakeside Manor Hotel, Virginia, Co. Cavan, from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May.

Bluegrass music was started in the 1940s by Bill Monroe, the descendant of Scottish emigrants. It’s played on stringed instruments - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, 5-string banjo, and double bass - with strong emphasis on lead and harmony singing.

Bluegrass music has become very popular in Ireland over the past few years, with festivals in nine different counties. This will be the first bluegrass music weekend in Cavan - and no better band than Woodbine to play the event, having made a name for themselves playing all the Irish festivals over the years.

Woodbine are a four-piece band based in Athy, Co. Kildare, and have recorded three albums. They will be joined for the weekend by Clem O'Brien, Ireland's finest bluegrass guitarist and vocalist. They will play in concert on Friday and Saturday nights (10.00 p.m. both nights), and at noon on Sunday. There will be an informal session from noon on Saturday, open to any visiting musicians and singers.

Woodbine have many fans in Longford, Cavan, and Meath already, and hope to have many more after this weekend. This promises to be a great weekend and the first of what is hoped to be an annual event.

The entire weekend is free, so come and hear Ireland’s premier bluegrass band (check them out on their website) and put Cavan on the bluegrass map!

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