25 April 2007

Béla Fleck on Niall Toner radio show, 3 May

Niall and Béla; photo taken recently at Vicar Street, Dublin

On Thursday 3 May at 9.00 p.m. Niall Toner talks to legendary American banjo genius Béla Fleck about all aspects of the 5-string banjo, including his ventures into jazz, blues, and classical music, as well as his ongoing contribution to bluegrass.

Niall spoke with Béla during his recent visit to Ireland when he performed at Vicar Street with his band, the Flecktones. Anyone with an interest in the banjo should hear this broadcast. If you miss the original airing, it should be available for at least a week on the RTE website. Niall adds:

I should point out that this Béla Fleck interview is a separate entity from my weekly 'Roots Freeway' programme, and is the first of many, including a clatter of interviews from this year's Midlands Festival, the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, the Jerusalem Ridge Festival in Rosine, and IBMA in Nashville, and others. Producer Aidan Butler from RTE Radio One is very enthusiastic and supportive, and hopefully our collection of interviews will become a regular on Thursday nights on Radio One.

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