22 November 2012

Ken Perlman in Ireland, 5-21 April 2013

Thanks to Pat Kelleher in Cork for the news that Ken Perlman, maestro of 'melodic clawhammer' banjo and also a superb fingerstyle guitarist, is coming to Ireland in April 2013 for a tour, the working dates being from 5 April to 21 April.

Many will remember Ken from the very first Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in 2002, where he played in a powerful duo with Alan Jabbour (the fiddler/musicologist most responsible for the influence of Henry Reed on the repertoire of old-time musicians since the 1970s). He has an impressive list of publications and instructional material for both banjo and guitar, not to mention the magisterial The fiddle music of Prince Edward Island: Celtic & Acadian tunes in living tradition.

Any interested event organisers or venue owners can contact Pat himself (e-mail; 086 6062504) or John Nyhan (e-mail; 087 7921771). Pat writes that Ken will be covering the south (Munster area for the first seven to ten days); but the BIB thinks that should not prevent anyone in the north who may be interested from making contact.

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