Old Flattop agency is presenting two highly regarded US guitarists from outside the bluegrass field, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo (above), with special guest David Browne-Murray. Their tastes are wide-ranging, with the string jazz of Django Reinhardt an obvious influence, and they have played with such musicians as Mark O'Connor, David Grisman, and Tommy Emmanuel. Their current tour dates are:
Fri. 28th-Sun. 30th Sept.: Inishowen Guitar Festival, Culdaff, Co. Donegal
Mon. 1st Oct.: Crane Bar, Galway city
Tues. 2nd Oct.: Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
Wed. 3rd Oct.: Whelan's, Dublin 2
Thurs. 4th Oct.: Black Box, Belfast
Brookfield Knights agency in Britain sends word that the Hillfolk Noir trio (Travis, slide guitar/ dobro/ lead vocals); Ali Ward, banjo/ washboard/ percussion/ singing saw, vocals; Michael Waite, double bass) from Boise, Idaho, will be touring in these islands from 7 June to 30 June 2013. Presenters and promoters who would like to receive a copy of the band's last album, Radio Hour, or wish to book them for a slot in this time period, should contact Loudon by e-mail.