05 December 2018

News of past visitors (UPDATE)

Darin and Brooke Aldridge (USA), after headlining at the 2018 Omagh bluegrass festival three months ago, went home to IBMA's World of Bluegrass, where Brooke won the Female Vocalist of the Year award. Three weeks ago they joined the roster of Rounder Records recording artists; and they are now scheduled to appear on 14 and 21 December on RFD-TV as part of a new 'Country's family reunion' DVD/TV series. More details on this e-newsletter from Laughing Penguin Publicity.
Chatham County Line from North Carolina, who've been welcome visitors here more than once in the past, have made a four-minute video of a seasonal song, 'O! Santa', which can be seen on YouTube or (with more details) in John Lawless's feature on Bluegrass Today.
Update: Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass (whose last Omagh appearance was far too long ago) have released That's why I'm lonesome, their third album for Tom Mindte's Patuxent Music label, with some special guests. Tom wrote the title track, which can be heard on Richard Thompson's feature on Bluegrass Today. Of interest to all our midland readers: one of the thirteen tracks is a Ryan Paisley composition, 'Mullingar quickstep'. Danny's mother was Vivian O'Connor, whose family came from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
AND Tristan Scroggins, of Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, has an extensive guest feature on Bluegrass Today describing the experiences of playing all over Germany as part of Rainer Zellner's Bluegrass Jamboree 'travelling festival' (see the BIB for 3 Oct.).

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