12 October 2015

Gorse Fire lights up!

The BIB yesterday mentioned Ulster dobroist Colin Henry, who will be touring with Gary Ferguson (USA) in July 2016. Today, thanks to Colin, the BIB is among

... the first to know of our new bluegrass band, Gorse Fire. Just launched today [Sun. 11 Oct.]: Ian McAllister on mandolin, Ivan Muirhead on guitar, Michael Ashe on banjo, Philip Steele on bass, and myself on dobro. We are just launched, so we need to get the website up and running and promo photos, etc., but we do have a Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing and hearing more of Gorse Fire, comprising some of the North's most powerful and experienced players.

UPDATE: Gorse Fire shares some of its personnel with the long established Broken String Band, but does not replace it. Colin emphasises that:

While as a bluegrass band Gorse Fire will do some standard bluegrass tunes that Broken Strings cover, we are doing different material and also original tunes of our own, and we have a different sound with dobro and no fiddle; so we decided that both could coexist happily.

Latest news: Gorse Fire's launch gig will be at the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, on Saturday 5 December 2015.

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