05 May 2016

Woodbine support stellar visitors, 16 May; head mini bluegrass festival 21-2 May 2016

Thanks to Tony O'Brien for this news, including a show with two outstanding US artists:

Following a very successful weekend playing the Kilkenny Roots Festival, Woodbine will host an evening of bluegrass/country and cowboy songs from round the campfire with special guests Skip Gorman and Connie Dover on Monday 16 May at 9.00 p.m. in the GAA Centre, Athy, Co. Kildare. Admission €5, with spot prizes on the night.

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as 'the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez', Connie Dover finds her inspiration in the landscapes and culture of the American West.

'Skip Gorman is one of the most savvy and authentic cowboy folk artists in the country' - Boston Globe. Gorman has performed on Garrison Keillor’s 'A Prairie Home Companion', and filmmaker Ken Burns has featured Skip’s music in his PBS documentaries 'Lewis and Clark' and 'Baseball'. Gorman has several award-winning CDs on his own Old West label, as well as the Rounder and Folk Legacy record labels.

[BIB editor's note: Any other performances in Ireland by Skip Gorman and Connie Dover will be mentioned on the BIB as we find out about them. Their recent shows have been under the title: 'Celtic roots of the American West'.]

The following weekend Woodbine will play a mini bluegrass festival in Bob's Bar (below), Durrow, Co. Laois, on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, with guests Evan and Amy Lyons appearing on the 22nd. The show on the 21st is at 8.00 p.m. and on the 22nd at 5.00 p.m. No cover charge.

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