07 February 2014

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The Sacred Harp Singers of Dublin announce:

Sacred Harp Dublin have moved! As of this evening [Friday 8 Feb.] we will be holding our weekly singing in a hall at the back of the Franciscan Friary on Cook St., Dublin 8. The entrance is through a grey door in a wall, on your left if you were walking towards town - roughly number 80 but it's not marked.

The new room has lovely acoustics as well as tea- and coffee-making facilities, so we are really looking forward to getting settled in. The time is still 7.00 to 9.00 every Friday evening, and we have some loaner books available. If you have any trouble finding the room, just give me a call on 0872355978 and I'll come and let you in!

Clawhammer-banjo maestro Michael Miles (USA), who toured Ireland last spring, will be taking part in a tribute to the late Pete Seeger, to be broadcast tomorrow night (Sat. 8 Feb.) on WFMT at 8.00 p.m. Chicago time, and also streaming live on WFMT.com. Next month, Michael will be giving a free mini-concert in Chicago and signing his new book, Folk songs for clawhammer banjo. Full details are on Michael's latest e-newsletter.

Thanks to Ray O'Brien for forwarding two news items from his Bluegrass in Ireland Facebook page: first, Derek Copley of the Greasy Coat Stringband announces that there is a weekly old-time jam in Dublin, which has been running since September every Monday from 9.00 p.m. at the Thomas House, Thomas St., Dublin 8.

Second, Ger O'Donnell recorded two sets of the High Plains Tradition show at Bruff, Co. Limerick, on 21 Jan., and put the recording on SoundCloud. You can reach it through this link to Ray's Facebook.

For everyone who's enjoyed the Nation & Blackwell Band tour (which doesn't end till after their show tomorrow night): Susan Nation has sent Bluegrass Today plenty of photos, a video of them at Leap Castle, and a report that makes it clear how much they've enjoyed their time over here. The feelings are reciprocated!

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