28 March 2014

News digest #37: update

Events in the next ten days (from the BIB calendar; please check also the 'Weekly sessions' section of the calendar)

Fri. 28th: The Revelers (USA; Cajun), The Sky and the Ground, Wexford town

Sat. 29th: Dangem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon
The Revelers (USA; Cajun), the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone

Sun. 30th: The Revelers (USA; Cajun), Whelans, Dublin 2


Wed. 2nd: Rackhouse Pilfer, Crane Lane Theatre, Cork city

Thurs. 3rd: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Cork Cine Club, St John's Central College, Cork city, 8.00 p.m.
Rackhouse Pilfer, White Horse, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Fri. 4th: The Broken Circle Breakdown (film), Newcastle West Film Club, the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m.
Janet Holmes with Colin Henry and Dick Farrelly, Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2, 8.30 p.m., €15 (€13)
Rackhouse Pilfer, Eddie Murphy's, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Sat. 5th: Janet Holmes with Colin Henry and Dick Farrelly, Punch Bowl, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
Rackhouse Pilfer, the Empire, Belfast

Sun. 6th: Alec Somerville and the 'Canadian soldiers banjo' on BBCTV 'Antiques Roadshow'
Tish Hinojosa and Anny Celsi (USA), Whelan's Upstairs, Wexford St., Dublin 2, 8.30 start; €14 (€12)

Thanks to Paul Lee of Musiclee.ie for his latest listings, which give more detail on the shows above by the Revelers, Janet Holmes with Colin Henry and Dick Farrelly, and Tish Hinojosa and Anny Celsi, as well as more artists in the near future.

C. Paul 'Dobroman' Lyttle and the organising committee of the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival (MMBF) in Scotland announce that tickets are now on sale for this year's event (26-8 Sept.). Tickets can, for preference, be bought through this page on the website. Non-online purchases can be made by e-mail. In September (subject to availability) it will be possible to buy tickets for single events. Tickets can only be reserved if bought in advance; early booking is advised, as a few would-be attenders had to be turned away last year.

The MMBF website header (above) shows the Broken Strings on stage; this year, as it happens, is one of the rare times the Festival has not had at least one band from Ireland on the bill.

The latest e-newsletter from Gold Tone makes two announcements concerning Béla Fleck: (1) the 'Missing Link' banjo, tuned a fifth below a normal 5-string, has been developed in conjunction with him and is due for issue this summer; (2) he has had a Gold Tone Zero Glide nut fitted to his banjo and considers it an improvement. Read more here.

Donna Ulisse (USA) is one of the artists taking part in the 'Country's Family Reunion - Simply Bluegrass' series, which as well as being shown on RFD-TV is available on a five-DVD set. Performers include Ricky Skaggs, the Whites, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, the Gibson Brothers, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman, Dailey & Vincent, and many more. More details on Donna's e-newsletter.

Update 29 Mar.: Thanks to Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland for the April 2014 issue of his 'Country Cuts' newsletter, which can be read here.

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