07 February 2012

The grass turns a greener shade of blue

A rapprochement between bluegrass and Irish music has been growing in recent years. Bluegrass Today carries an item on the latest collaboration between American and Irish musicians: the Carter Brothers (above), longtime favourites at the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, have recorded in Nashville a joint project with Barney McKenna, the Paganini of the Irish tenor banjo, together with Gerry 'Banjo' O'Connor and John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki). Also playing are Ross Sermons, the Carters' regular bassist, and Alison Brown of Compass Records, the label most sympathetic to this blend of genres. The title will be Where the greengrass meets the bluegrass, and Niall Toner co-wrote the title track with Tim Carter. Read the full story here.

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