04 June 2015

Patuxent Partners in Ireland - and Athy on Bluegrass Today

On Tuesday (2 June) the BIB had the bracing experience of being scooped on an item of Irish news by the European Bluegrass Blog (EBB), which published details of the return to Ireland next month by Tom Mindte and his Patuxent Partners (USA), together with a performance video. In addition to Tom (mandolin), Bryan Deere (guitar), and John Brunschwyler (banjo), as shown in the photo above, the Partners coming over will include Daniel Greeson and Nate Leath on twin fiddles (photos on the EBB) and Neil Knicely on bass.

The EBB also gives dates and links to venue websites for the Partners' dates in Ireland. After their appearance, as joint headliners with 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B), on all three days of the 25th Athy Bluegrass Festival (10-12 July), the Partners' dates will be:

Mon. 13th: Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
Tues. 14th: St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Wed. 15th: TBC
Fri. 17th-Sun. 19th: Ardara Bluegrass Festival, Ardara, Co. Donegal

Thanks to Tony O'Brien for the news that arrangements are being made for another gig on Wednesday 15 July, in place of the Dock at Carrick-on-Shannon, as announced on the EBB. Tom and the Partners made a very strong impact at Athy on their previous visits, and the BIB advises all hard-core bluegrass fans to see and hear them.
The BIB does mention Bluegrass Today a lot, we know, but there's really no choice. Today BT publishes Richard Thompson's article 'Athy festival celebrates 25 years of bluegrass music', with historical perspective supplied by Tony O'Brien, as Athy festival organiser after 1997, and the BIB editor.

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