A partial remedy for missing a great band
Last night Rainer Zellner and his Music Contact team launched the 4th Bluegrass Jamboree! on an nineteen-day tour around Germany (with one show in Prague). It follows Rainer's successful pattern of a package of three notable US bands. Full details are on the Jamboree! website.
I hate to be missing the shows, especially as the band at the head of the bill is Audie Blaylock & Redline. However, there's at least a partial remedy: this YouTube link leads to a fifty-four minute video of AB&R playing six months ago in Poughkeepsie, NY. This is Essence of Bluegrass, super-strength and undiluted; you need to see as well as hear it, and this is a great way to do so, as the camera is closer to the band than an audience member would get, the sound is excellent, and AB&R are on cracking form even by their standards.
Two of the band have already appeared in Ireland: the award-winning Jesse Brock on mandolin at Omagh, and Patrick McAvinue on fiddle at Athy with Tom Mindte's Patuxent Partners. However long it's going to be till we see the full band here is too long; but while we're waiting, there is this video.