22 April 2012

Coming SOON at the Red Room

Ten days ago the band Woody Pines (above), based in Asheville, North Carolina, began a month-long tour in these islands. The five dates they will be playing in Ireland are already on the BIB (22 Mar.) and in our calendar, and the very first date on their Ireland schedule will be this coming Tuesday, 24 Apr., at the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone - Ireland's premier house-concert venue, run by Arnie & Sharon Loughrin.

The delights of the Red Room are already well known among regular attenders as well as musicians, and as further inducement Sharon sends this YouTube link showing Woody Pines in action. They're highly regarded by reviewers, and country artist Billy Joe Shaver, following them on stage at a festival, is reported as saying: 'They’re the best damn band I’ve ever heard!'

A week later, on 1 May, the Red Room will be the first stop in Ireland for another highly regarded US band, the Foghorn Stringband from Portland, OR. It seems that visiting bands know how to get their tours off to a good start...

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