01 May 2016

Second tour of Ireland by Barwick & Siegfried (USA), 26 May-4 June 2016

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Kathy Barwick and mandolinist/ singer Pete Siegfried made an all-too-brief tour here two years ago (see the BIB for 4 Feb. 2014); so thanks to music historian Jon Hartley Fox for this press release on their return visit later this month:

The acclaimed acoustic Americana roots duo of Barwick & Siegfried, hailed by Bluegrass Unlimited as 'two like-minded lovers of song who’ve found musical gold in their pairing', returns to Ireland for a series of concerts between 26 May and 4 June that will have the California duo playing in music clubs, theatres, and local pubs across the country. This tour coincides with the release of Long time gone, the second CD by Barwick & Siegfried for FGM Music.

The dates on this Irish tour by Barwick & Siegfried include appearances at:

Thurs. 26 May: Sunflower Folk Club, 65 Union St., Belfast
Sat. 28 May: The Red Room, Cookstown, Co, Tyrone
Tues. 31 May: The Roots Room, Strand Bar, Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Thurs. 2 June: Monroe’s Live, Dominick St., Galway city
Fri. 3 June: Tutty’s Pub, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow
Sat. 4 June: Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 14

From the stage of the Strawberry Music Festival in California to pubs and concert halls throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, the acoustic duo of Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried has delighted and enchanted audiences with a distinctive blend of bluegrass, old-time country, traditional Irish and folk into an engaging Americana fusion showcasing Pete’s exceptional lead vocals, Kathy’s amazing guitar work, and sterling duet harmonies. The two musicians combine years of experience into a compelling, highly entertaining duet sound that extends from the Monroe Brothers and other 'brother duets' of the 1930s to such iconic modern partnerships as Buddy and Julie Miller.

This Irish tour by Barwick & Siegfried celebrates the release of Long time gone, the duo’s tuneful and wide-ranging second CD. With material ranging from Leadbelly and the Carter Family to Bill Monroe and the Everly Brothers, Long time gone gives Barwick & Siegfried plenty of room to stretch out and cover several musical bases. The album also introduces several new songs, including 'Heartbroke bound', a bluegrass-y scorcher written by Pete Siegfried.

The duo’s first album, The trestle, released in 2015 by FGM Music, has received international radio airplay and been met with widespread critical acclaim. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called the album a 'sublime blend of two voices and two instruments creating a greater whole' and 'an excellent debut release'.

More information is on the Barwick & Siegfried website. Media and radio interview requests can be sent to Kathy by e-mail.

Jon Hartley Fox's writings on music history include
King of the Queen City: the story of King Records (2009). He has twice won the IBMA award for Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project.

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