13 April 2013

News digest #15

Two Time Polka report that their gig at the Blue Haven Bar in Kinsale, Co. Cork, scheduled for Friday 19 April and posted on their website, will not take place.

Gerry Fitzpatrick announces that the next in the Cabin Sessions series of acoustic music shows at Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14, will be on Thursday 25 April, hosted as usual by the McGrane Family with Con Butler (bass) and Gerry (dobro), and featuring Cathy McEvoy on fiddle. Special guests include Tim Hawkins, Cathal Cusack, & Richard Hawkins (old-time), Mongoose (contemporary folk), and Taylor's Lane (contemporary). 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free.

Country-style guitarist Satch Wright, born in the USA but long resident in Dublin and a pillar of Niall Toner's Sunday sessions at the Harcourt Hotel in the '90s, died on 10 March at the age of 63. A special commemorative session will be held at the Leeson Lounge on Sunday 14 April at 7.00 p.m.

Maeve Toner reports that Skip Gorman and Ron Kane (USA), who begin a tour of Ireland on Friday 19 April (dates on the BIB calendar) will be appearing upstairs at the Stag's Head, Dame Court, Dublin 2, on Tuesday 23 April at 9.00 p.m. Maeve and friends will also be performing to launch Maeve's first CD, Just for the record.

Skip and Ron are highly respected performers of old-time music from the western as well as the south-eastern USA. Maeve sends this link to a YouTube video of them at a jam with members of the Foghorn Stringband, playing 'Rockville waltz'; this will give access to more videos of their music. Skip is also a leading exponent of bluegrass mandolin in the style of Bill Monroe.

Harmonising with a recent suggestion from Carl Mark O'Neill at the weekly Dublin Bluegrass jam session, Jeremy Darrow, an alumnus of the IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass programme, has drawn attention to a recent article about cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Ma's suggestion for different art forms to meet at the 'edge' between them. Jeremy points out that 'bluegrass itself is obviously a product of the "edge effect" that Ma refers to', and might develop that spirit to join with other arts and bring bluegrass to a wider audience.

The FOAOTMAD news blog reports that Alice Gerrard, who made a memorable appearance at the Omagh festival some years ago, is seeking Kickstarter funding for a new CD, Bittersweet, 'inspired by moments in her life such as the conversation with a neighbour who came into Tommy Jarrell’s house where they were playing music, and said, “y’all sing me a song I can cry to.”'


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