18 August 2012

Spirit Family Reunion in Ireland, 31 Aug.-11 Sept. 2012

Thanks to Gerry Lawless of Clonmel World Music, whose shows have consistently been sold out, for news of the coming tour by Spirit Family Reunion, a six-piece roots-music band from Brooklyn, NY.

Spirit Family Reunion consists of Nick Panken (guitar), Matt Davidson (fiddle), Peter Pezzimenti (drums), Ken Woodward (bass), Maggie Carson (banjo), and Stephen Weinheimer (washboard); all sing harmonies. They have shared stages with the late Levon Helm and the Del McCoury Band. The press release for their debut tour in Ireland says:

Spirit Family Reunion play homegrown American music to stomp, clap, shake, and holler with. Ever since they started singing together on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway stations of New York City, their songs have rung-out in a pure and timeless way. When Spirit Family Reunion gather to sing, there is communion.

The Spirit Family Reunion tour, which Gerry Lawless helped to put together, opens with the band's appearance at the Omagh Bluegrass Festival. The full schedule is:

Fri. 31 Aug.-Sun. 2 Sept.: Omagh Bluegrass Festival
Fri. 31st: The Goat's Toe, Bangor, Co. Down (Open House show)
Sat. 1st: Black Box, Belfast (Open House show)
Mon. 3rd: Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city
Tues. 4th: Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city
Wed. 5th: St John's Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Thurs. 6th: Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary (Clonmel World Music)
Fri. 7th: Cleeres Theatre Bar, Kilkenny city
Sat. 8th: Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Sun. 9th: House concert, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Mon. 10th: Roddens Bar, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
Tues. 11th: Sandino's, Derry city

You can hear Spirit Family Reunion's music on their website, and see them on YouTube and Vimeo (1; 2).

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