17 September 2013

Down the Road (USA) tour in Ireland... and more

Thanks to John Nyhan for this news and dates of what looks like a very rewarding tour for lovers of traditional bluegrass. Jeff Burke is already well known in Ireland as half of 'Jeff and Vida'. Josh McMurray is one of the most highly regarded younger banjo pickers. We note that John himself is one of the people thanked by Down the Road on their website for supporting the project.

Down The Road from Nashville, Tennessee, play a tribute to the music of Flatt and Scruggs. They feature Josh McMurray on banjo and vocals and Jeff Burke on guitar and vocals.

They will be playing all the hits of Flatt and Scruggs, such as 'Foggy Mountain breakdown', 'Roll in my sweet baby's arms', 'Will you be lovin' another man', and 'The ballad of Jed Clampett' (the theme from the TV show 'The Beverly Hillbillies').

Fri. 27th, Sat. 28th, and Sun. 29th Sept.: Bunratty Banjo Pickers Festival, Bunratty, Co. Clare. Tel. 086 8464509.

Mon. 30th: Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, 8.15 p.m.; with support act Jacob's Ladder, a six-piece gospel group. Tel. 087 7921771

Tues. 1st Oct.: TBA

Wed. 2nd: St John's Arts Centre, the Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m. tel 068 22566

Thurs. 3rd: Dolan's Bar, Dock Road, Limerick, 9.00 p.m. Tel. 061 314483

Fri. 4th: The Tallyho Bar, New St., Longford, 9.30 p.m. Tel. 043 3346594

Sat. 5th: Rodden's Bar, Main St., Buncrana, Co. Donegal, 9.30 p.m. Tel. 074 9320790

Sun. 6th: Matt Molloy's Bar, Bridge St., Westport, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m. Tel. 098 26655

For more info: 087 7921771.

Homespun Tapes continue to announce discount offers on items from their rich catalogue of instructional material. Their current 20% offer, which ends tomorrow night, includes a DVD/download by Natalie Haas on 'Celtic cello'.

The schedule for coming events at the Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre in Naul, Co. Dublin, can be seen here, updated to 12 October 2013.

Nigel Martyn's Old Flattop agency announces two imminent tours. The first is by acoustic blues guitarist Catfish Keith (USA):

Fri. 27th Sept. Ards Guitar Festival, Newtownards, Co. Down, 028 91 810803
Sat. 28th Sept. Bryson's, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry 028 79 632473
Sun. 29th Sept. Whelan's (upstairs), Dublin 2, 01 478 0766
Mon. 30th Sept. Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Wicklow, 086 327 0780
Tues. 1st Oct. Cunningham's Bar, Kildare town , 045 521780
Fri. 4th Oct. The Sunflower Bar, Belfast, 028 90 232474

The second is by guitarist and singer/songwriter Nick Harper (UK):

Wed. 2nd Oct. Sandino's, Derry city, 028 70 309297
Thurs. 3rd Oct. Whelan's, Dublin 2, 01 478 0766
Fri. 4th Oct. De Barra's, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 023 883 3381
Sat. 5th Oct. The Sunflower Bar, Belfast, 028 90 232474

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