25 July 2022

Bluegrass? Dago Red in Ireland, 29 July-2 Aug. 2022

St John's Theatre & Arts Centre at Listowel, Co. Kerry, draws attention to the Italian band Dago Red (right; also on Facebook), who will be playing at Listowel in the second gig of their 'Little Big Tour of Ireland 2022'. The theatre's e-mail newsletter is titled 'THIS WEEK: BLUEGRASS with Dago Red' and calls them a 'Blue Grass folk-blues band'; but frankly, the BIB thinks this is someone's error.

Dago Red's instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums/percussion, keyboards, and Indian harmonium; none of their listed musical influences belong to the bluegrass world; and their leader Giuseppe Mascitelli is known as 'the Italian Bob Dylan'. However, if these details sound appealing, the full tour schedule is:
  • Fri. 29th July: Whelan's, Dublin 2 (part of Whelan's Blues, Roots & Brass Festival); FREE
  • Sat. 30th: St John's Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m., €15
  • Sun. 31st: O'Connor's, Cloghane, Co. Kerry, 1.00 p.m.
  • Sun. 31st: (7.30pm): Levis Corner House, Ballydehob, west Co. Cork, 7.30 p.m. ('pass the hat')
  • Mon. 1st Aug: Sea Church, Ballycotton, east Co. Cork, 8.00 p.m.
  • Tues. 2nd: 'Available for a Dublin gig, or a few pints, or both!'
NB: Dago Red have, we admit, put a unique treatment of 'Rolling in my sweet baby's arms' on YouTube.

© Richard Hawkins

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At 6:53 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the generous advertisement Ricard despite the error involving the use of the word bluegrass in the despcription of the band. By way of explanation, in a sort of online Chinese whispers scenario, their first gig at Whelan's was at the Blues, Roots and Brass festival, which must have stuck in the memory with someone somewhere along the line as bluegrass and it stuck. However, I am pleased to report a happy ending - Dago Red played to a packed house at the beautiful intimate theatre setting of St. John's, right in the middle of the historic heritage town of Listowel and have been invited back for take 2 next year. Whatever the type of music that is on offer, bluegrass, blues, folk, opera or ukelele orchestras, I highly recommend the venue, the town and Máire, the artistic director at St. John's, who couldn't have looked after us better if she tried (I am James Carr, the Dago Red Little Big Tour of Ireland 2022 "amateur but learning quickly" tour organiser.


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