08 October 2013

News digest #35

Events in the coming week (from the BIB calendar; please check the 'Weekly sessions' section of the calendar as well)

Fri. 11th: 'Bluegrass goes to town': concert with Down and Out Bluegrass Band, Knotty Pine String Band, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Stompin' Dave Allen (GB), Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford
Kay & Patrick Crouch (Strictly Clean and Decent), Milan Miller, Tall Paul, Kristie BobalKevin Leftwich (all USA): Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
Watery Hill Boys launch new album Somebody's been usin' that thing, Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St., Drogheda, Co. Louth; 8.30 p.m.; free CD for everyone in audience; booking online
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club: First Anniversary Celebration, Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; 8.30 p.m.; all welcome
Prison Love, ground floor, Sweeney’s, Dame St., Dublin 2, midnight; adm. free

Sat. 12th: Stompin' Dave Allen (GB) at the Cork Folk Festival: 9.30 p.m, An Spailpin Fánach, supporting I Draw Slow; 10.00 p.m.-2.00 a.m.: Festival Club at the Imperial Hotel, also featuring many other artists plus trad Irish session with Cuas (Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich, Liam Stapleton, Matt Griffin)

Sun. 13th: Stompin' Dave Allen (GB) at the Cork Folk Festival: 11.45 p.m.: Crane Lane Theatre; end-of-festival party, with Hot Guitars
Southern Welfare, Nicky's Bar, Mayor's Walk, Waterford city, 7.00-9.00 p.m., adm. free

Other news

Paul Lee of Musiclee.ie announces that Session Americana (USA) + Kate O'Callaghan will be playing on Thursday 10 October at Whelan's Upstairs, Dublin 2, 8.30 p.m. Tickets €15 at the door, €13 reserved online.

Session Americana consists of Ry Cavanaugh (guitar, mandolin), Dinty Child (pump organ, mandocello), Jim Fitting (harmonica), Billy Beard (suitcase drum kit), Kimon Kirk (bass), Laura Cortese (fiddle), and Matt Malikowski (engineer). The band will also be playing these other dates in Ireland:
Wed. 9th: The Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, 8.00 p.m.
Fri. 11th: Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford town
Sat. 12th: Monroes Live, Galway city
Sun. 13th: Dolan's, Limerick city, 9.00 p.m.

Thanks to Paul & Anne McEvoy for the news that the Red Hat Acoustic Music Club will hold its First Anniversary Celebration at the Harbour Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare, on Friday 11 Oct. at 8.30 p.m.; all are welcome. Congratulations to the Club on passing this milestone!

The magnificent International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) at Owensboro, KY (which has always taken its 'International' dimension very seriously) launches a new benefit concert series with award-winning band Town Mountain on Sun. 20 Oct. 2013 at 7.00 p.m. The price of admission ($20 each, two for $35) includes food, craft beers, and wine selections. Moreover, the first 120 ticket buyers to this concert will be automatically enrolled in the IBMM's Bluegrass Insiders Club and get 24-hour advance e-mail notice of all future concerts. Gabrielle Gray, the IBMM's director, adds:

We're getting vamped up for our move into the new and what-will-be-amazing International Bluegrass Music Center, where we'll have many concerts. Get on the Inside now, and 'stay tuned!'

Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland announces that Two Time Polka will be back at the Rockies Club, Church Rd, Blackrock, Cork, on Sat. 26 Oct. (the bank holiday weekend). Roger adds: 'As usual at the Rockies, entry is FREE, and some excellent food will be served.'

The schedule of music events in October and November at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre in Naul, Co. Dublin, can be seen here. Though the show by Grandpa Banana (USA) on 11 Oct. has had to be postponed, fans of Southern Tenant Folk Union (GB) will be glad to know that they will be playing at Naul on 9 November, as part of a ten-day tour: see the separate post on this.

TonyTrishka_bannerThanks to Tanya Weliky of ArtistWorks, Inc., the leading online interactive music instruction medium, for the news that Tony Trischka just upgraded his online school with new lessons and special interviews and performances: it now features over 200 video lessons, 3,500 personal video exchanges with students, and interviews and special performances with such figures as Bill Monroe, Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Steve Martin, J.D. Crowe, Jens Kruger, Snuffy Jenkins, Noam Pikelny, Bela Fleck, and many more.

ArtistWorks’ Online Banjo School with Tony Trischka combines hundreds of Tony’s high-definition video lessons with a thriving community of banjo players who can submit practice videos and get personalised video feedback from Trischka himself. These video interactions are visible to the entire community, and all members can learn from every video exchange that takes place on the site. Tony's Online Banjo School gives access to his bottomless well of banjo knowledge for $90 for three months of unlimited access, $150 for six months, and $240 for twelve months.

For a further instalment of Niall Toner's experiences in the USA, with a photo of Niall and supporting musicians on stage at one of the showcase dates he played during IBMA week, see the latest entry on Niall's own blog.

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