27 July 2012

Lands End - bluegrass and beyond...

Lands End (l-r): Richie Foley (mandolin), Sam Rose (bass), Paddy Kiernan (banjo), Bruno Pichler (Dobro), Hubert Murray (guitar, vocals); Sam Draper (fiddle) not shown

Thanks to Richie Foley for this information on a band that's making an impact on the circuit here and in Britain after only three months in existence:

Lands End are a diverse group of young musicians who crossed paths at one of the UK's premier bluegrass workshops, Sore Fingers, which is held annually in Oxfordshire. Originally formed for a one-off show, the band, who have been tutored by some of the most prolific names in bluegrass, made such an impact in their first performance they couldn’t possibly stop there! The members hail from Cork, Galway, Dublin, Munich, Liverpool, and Canada and their name, 'Lands End', pays tribute to the fact that each member comes from a different geographical location.

Although their music is strongly embedded in the bluegrass tradition, with double bass, dobro, 5-string banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, each member brings the distinctive sound of their own tradition to the musical arrangements of the band. Playing a mix of original material alongside bluegrass standards and the odd hint of Celtic and Baltic tastes, Lands End have been gathering huge momentum since they formed in April this year.

Lands End play a number of gigs in Cork and Waterford this August before performing at Europe's largest free bluegrass festival in Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland, and Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, UK, in September – a band not to be missed!

Thurs. Aug. 9th: The Oliver Plunkett, Cork city
Fri. 10th: The Folk House, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Sat. 11th: The Nook, Youghal, Co. Waterford
Sun. 12th: The Anchor, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Sat. 25th: Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival
Sun. 26th: Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival
Fri. 31st: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, England
Sat. Sept. 1st: Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, England

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