14 January 2014

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Thanks to Ray O'Brien for publishing and passing on this news from Peter Larkin in Co. Galway:

Dobro master Troy Brenningmeyer of Lessons With Troy will be visiting Ireland this summer and is very interested in running a 3-4 days summer school on dobro.

Dates, venue, and prices are TBC but this is a must for any learner/intermediate dobro players who would like to expand their knowledge.

If you think you may be interested in this, please contact Peter Larkin on this number, 087-9953555. This is sure to be very popular, so get your names in fast; places will be limited.

More details, including Troy's biography and a link to his YouTube channel with sample video lessons, are on Ray's Bluegrass in Ireland Facebook page.

Thanks to Ray also for publishing this link to a fine report by Michael McGlynn on the performance of 'Come away to the skies: a high lonesome bluegrass mass' by Dr Tim Sharp and his choir, backed by Dublin bluegrass musicians, in Taney church, Dundrum, on 29 Dec. 2013.

Many will remember Marty Marrone (right) as guitarist and singer with Greg Cahill's Special Consensus on the band's first visit to Ireland back in 1995. Marty is now putting the same punch behind a powerful traditional-bluegrass band from Minneapolis-St Paul, the High 48s. You can see a feature on the band, including an eight-and-a-half-minute introductory video, on Bluegrass Today. And in this year of the centenary of the beginning of the first world war, there is a connection to that era - and to the railroad theme of the band's coming album - shown on their website.

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