16 November 2015

From White Mansions to new pastures

The Belfast-based band The White Mansions (above) have been active on the scene for several years now, playing their blend of honky-tonk and other tough country music on the bluegrass instruments, at many festivals and other events including 'Bluegrass on the Walls' at Derry and the Ulster American Folk Park bluegrass festival. Their album Don't get too close can be heard on ReverbNation.

We learn with regret that the White Mansions will be retiring as a band next month, though we doubt that their members will quit picking. Bassist Mark Skillen, for one, is looking for a new project to work on - ideally, in a context similar to that of the White Mansions. Mark is 49 and based in Banbridge, Co. Down, so groups based in Belfast or south Down would be perfect for him. Contact Mark by e-mail.

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