13 June 2013

Bluegrass transported to the Auld Sod

Thanks to Bryan Klausing of the ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ for this important message and press release:

Greetings from Lexington, KY!

Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour will be coming to Dublin on 18 July to tape a double broadcast exploring the Irish Roots of Bluegrass. Full press release is below. Artists on the broadcast include Mary Black, Paul Brady, We Banjo 3, and Niall Toner Band. More will be added.

We are looking for some additional artists for the broadcast. Suggestions are welcome. They must be from Ireland. Specifically, we are looking for an amazing kid (6 to 15) from Ireland that can pick like Bela, Sam, Chris, Sierra Hull, etc... If you know of any kids like that, please e-mail me their contact info. A YouTube clip would be most helpful.

Please contact me for additional info. All the best,

Bryan Klausing
(859) 255-5700


Popular American Radio and TV Broadcast Comes to Dublin, Ireland: Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

American folksinger Michael Johnathon’s live-audience celebration of grassroots music, the ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ comes to the National Convention Centre in Dublin on Thursday July 18 for a special event double-broadcast to honor the Irish connection to Bluegrass, Americana, and Appalachian music. The broadcast event is part of The Gathering - a year-long series of events initiated by the Irish people to draw its sons and daughters back to the Emerald Isle in celebration of its unique culture.

The first broadcast will feature the connection between Irish traditional music and American bluegrass, featuring Niall Toner and We Banjo 3.

The second broadcast will celebrate the legacy of Ireland’s rich musical heritage and feature Irish music legend Mary Black, Paul Brady, and more.

'Music is such a wonderful, beautiful expression between generations and cultures', says Michael Johnathon from his log cabin home in Kentucky. 'So much of America’s music, especially Kentucky bluegrass, shares its roots in Ireland. Originally, Bill Monroe was playing Irish fiddle tunes on his mandolin. Eventually, that became bluegrass music and it has become a very popular, global art-form.'

Artist submissions
Any interested artists, songwriters, bluegrass bands, and acoustic musicians who can be in Dublin on 18 July can submit their work for consideration on the WoodSongs broadcast. Only artists and/or their management/PR/Record labels can submit to the broadcast. Send an e-mail to: radio@woodsongs.com with a brief bio and description, include websites and links.

Tickets available at ticketmaster.ie.

About WoodSongs
Folksinger Michael Johnathon started the all-volunteer ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ eleven years ago as a way to celebrate grassroots music on a global level. The program airs on 509 radio stations around the world including Dublin City FM in Ireland, the American Forces Radio Network (173 nations and every military base and US Naval ship at sea), public television coast-to-coast in USA and online. Artists as diverse as Billy Bragg, Imelda May, Mike Scott and the Waterboys, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlisle, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been on the show. The show’s website is www.WoodSongs.com.

The WoodSongs broadcast in Dublin is underwritten by Alltech, a global biotechnology company founded by Irish businessman Dr Pearse Lyons. Information about Alltech can be found online. For more information, hi-res pics, interview scheduling, and review CDs, please contact Loretta Sawyer by e-mail.

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