11 February 2016

Bands in Ireland for bluegrass, old-time, and related music

The Lee Valley String Band (Cork), Ireland's senior band in bluegrass and old-time music, on TV; date?

For the convenience of BIB readers, a list has been added to the right-hand column of the blog, showing (in alphabetical order) bands on a spectrum ranging from hard-core bluegrass and old-time music to 'Americana'. Links are given to their websites, Facebooks, and (in some cases) Twitter and YouTube channels.

Bands seem to be forming all the time, and occasionally some retire or dissolve; so additions and other corrections to the list are welcome. It's appropriate to illustrate this post with pictures of the Lee Valley String Band, which has been in continuous operation longer than any other bluegrass or old-time band in this island, having been founded by Niall and Colm Toner and the late Chris Twomey in the late 1960s.

The Lee Valley String Band in 2015: (l-r) Mick Daly, Brendan Butler,
Mick O'Brien, Hal O'Neill (photo: Eddie Hennessy)



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