21 May 2016

Hubert Murray Band: Shorten the road tour, 2-10 June 2016

Hubert Murray
Thanks to Sharon Loughrin for passing on news of the forthcoming tour by the Hubert Murray Band in Ireland, promoting Hubert's debut EP Shorten the road, which is due for release on 26 May. The tour schedule is:

Thurs. 2nd June: The Square Box, Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone
Fri. 3rd: 5th on Teeling, Sligo towm
Sat. 4th: Private function, Dublin
Sun. 5th: Mannions Bar, Main St., Balla, Co. Mayo
Mon. 6th: Kenny's, Lahinch, Co. Clare
Tues. 7th: Kilkee, Co. Clare, venue TBA
Thurs. 9th: Connemara Radio Station, 11.00 a.m.-12 noon
Thurs. 9th: Mullarkeys, Clifden, Co. Galway
Fri. 10th: Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Westport, Co. Mayo

The next day the band begins touring in northern England, with festival and other performances till 19 June.

The Westport festival website has bio details together with SoundCloud, Facebook, and YouTube links; you can also see and hear a fine old-time 'Liza Jane'. On the tour, the Hubert Murray Band will include Paddy Kiernan, one of the finest banjo-players in Ireland, and Kieran Towers, the most recent winner of the UK old-time fiddle competition, who has performed alongside Bruce Molsky, Brittany Haas, and Rayna Gellert.

Sharon (who with her husband Arnie operates the Red Room in Cookstown, Ireland's leading house-concert venue) also draws attention to the first venue on the schedule: the Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre (above) at Dungannon. Located in the former Belfast Bank and with stunning modern facilities, it is on the historic Hill of the O'Neills, with views over seven of the nine counties of Ulster. Sharon reports:

They have some great trad and modern music there, but they're very open to taking bluegrass and old-time and providing a venue for more of what we do, so we'll do all we can to help.

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