16 September 2013

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The Old-Time Herald, founded by Alice Gerrard as the meeting place for old-time music enthusiasts everywhere, is making its annual appeal for support, which can be read in full here. If you love old-time music, the BIB strongly recommends subscribing to this first-class magazine. Donations can also be made through the OTH website.

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Tom Stapleton, to whom bluegrass fanciers in Ireland are indebted for the artists he has put on in the past, announces this programme of autumn gigs in folk and other genres:

Sat. 28 Sept. Ed Romanoff and Rachael Yamagata (see them on YouTube), Leap Castle, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, 9.00 p.m. Tel. 0872238040
Fri. 4 Oct. Jim Rooney, Arty McGlynn, and Mick Daly, Cleeres, Parliament St., Kilkenny city. Show 9.00 p.m. Tel. 056 776 2573
Fri. 18 Oct. Gretchen Peters, The Set, Kilkenny city, 9.00 p.m. Tel. 056 7721728
Wed. 23 Oct. Gretchen Peters, Town Hall, Galway city, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 091 569777
Fri. 15 Nov. Sweeney's Men, Town Hall, Galway city, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 091569777
Sat. 16 Nov. Sweeney's Men, The Set, Kilkenny city, 9.00 p.m. Tel. 056 7721728
Fri. 6 Dec. Josh Ritter Trio, Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 057 9122911
Wed. 11 Dec. Josh Ritter Trio, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, 8.00 p.m. Tel. 057 8663355

Tom Stapleton, Mountheaton, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Mobile (+353) (0)872238040; land line (+353) (0)505 21647. Facebook

Clawhammer banjo maestro Ken Perlman (USA), who toured Ireland this spring, sends his autumn 2013 newsletter. Much of the news is on Ken's thoroughly refurbished website. His newest book, Everything you wanted to know about clawhammer banjo, with 120 tunes and two accompanying CDs, is published by Mel Bay.

Ken has recently moved house and the new street address is not yet on the 'Contact' page, but his mobile number and e-mail address remain the same.

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