27 May 2013

News digest #19: Roni Stoneman visit

Events in the next week (taken from the BIB calendar; please check also the 'Weekly sessions' section of the calendar)

Mon. 27th: Woody Pines (USA), Atlantic Bar, Portrush, Co. Londonderry

Tues. 28th: Woody Pines (USA), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
Hard Station, JJ Smyth's, 12 Aungier St., Dublin 2 (part of 'Dublin Guitar Night'); doors 8.00 p.m., music 8.30 p.m., €10

Wed. 29th: Woody Pines (USA), Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Thurs. 30th May-Thurs. 20th June: Roni Stoneman (USA), 'First Lady of Banjo', in Ireland

Thurs. 30th: Tumbling Bones (USA), McCann's Bar, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin: the McGrane Family, Con Butler (bass), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dobro), Cathy McEvoy (fiddle), Christian Volkman (harmonica); guests - Huegrass (folk/bluegrass), Berni Philbin (contemporary folk), and very special guest Roni Stoneman (USA)! 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 31st: Rackhouse Pilfer, Monroe's Upstairs, Lower Dominick St., Galway city, 9.30 p.m.
Tumbling Bones (USA), Beehive Bar, Main St., Ardara, Co. Donegal, 9.30 p.m., adm. free

Tom Hanway (USA), Nancy's Bar, Ardara, 10.00 p.m. (part of Melting Pot Festival)

JUNE 2013

Sat. 1st June: Tom Hanway (USA) and Hickory Wind (bluegrass and newgrass), the Greenhouse Bar, Ardara, Co. Donegal, 10.00 p.m. (part of Melting Pot Festival)
Niall Toner Band, the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

Sun. 2nd: Roni Stoneman (USA), with Hugh Taggart and John Denby, the Purty Loft, Monkstown/Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, 8.30 p.m.; tickets €13 (€10 booked online)
Tumbling Bones (USA), Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oirr, Árainn, Co. Galway, 8.30 p.m., €5 for students and OAPs

Other news

As noted on the BIB on 2 May, the First Lady of Banjo, Roni Stoneman of the legendary Stoneman family, will be in Ireland from 30 May to 20 June on a friendly visit. She will make some select performance appearances, notably at the 7th Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival (14-16 June) in Co. Mayo. At the Cabin Sessions in Dundrum, Dublin, on 30 May, she will make a brief appearance as a very special guest in an informal setting.

Her first full show on stage (thanks to Paul Lee and his Musiclee.ie agency) will be on Sunday 2 June at the Purty Loft in Old Dunleary, between Monkstown and Dun Laoghaire, near where the west pier meets the mainland. There Roni will be accompanied by Hugh Taggart (guitar) and John Denby (mandolin), two of the hottest young pickers on the bluegrass scene here.

Doors will open at 8.30 p.m.; tickets are €13.00/€10.00, and can be booked online, where more details are available. This has the hallmarks of a historic occasion for bluegrass music in Dublin.

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