06 August 2013

The news keeps coming...

Thanks to Ray O'Brien for forwarding this report and images from Aran Sheehan on the Dublin bluegrass scene:

For the attached KinFolk poster: we are obviously the bluegrass end of it... listened to White Trash on soundcloud last night and it's good old Southern Americana. Most of us know our homegrown prolific songwriter David Hope...

Also a quick reminder that the regular Dublin city centre bluegrass session on Tuesdays is back in full swing every Tuesday from 8.00 p.m. in the Mercantile (Dame St.). We are managing to keep it very genre focused, which is great. The funny thing is being where it is, every week we have had folks from the US on holiday here, who chanced upon us; they have all come up to say hi and how they love the music and what part of the US they are from - so far Arizona, Tennessee and Carolina. The last two lads were really into it and good ole country boys who told us we would go down well where they come from. Always nice to be appreciated, especially from them.

As you can see from the poster, a band has formed from the session (as these things do) and we are billed as The Dublin Bluegrass Collective; we will be playing all night from 7.30 in the Grand Social beer garden (great spot for the craic) as part of the Jack of Diamonds Festival on Saturday 17 August (no cover charge). We have also just returned from playing a couple of stages at the Knockanstockan festival, which was a great success (I'll throw up a picture of that too so you get the idea).

We are available for gigs, so if you want some more info just contact me on 085-7110826 or message through our Facebook page. While I'm at it I'll throw up a last picture of the band in action at a wedding a couple of months ago (hence the suits). Hope you are all having a wonderful musical summer and look forward to seeing you for a pick down the road.


Thanks to Karen Cheevers for the above poster image for this year's Guinness International Bluegrass Festival at Dunmore East, Co. Waterford (see the BIB of 6 July for details).


Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass Media (USA) announces today that Niall Toner, recipient of the EBMA's European Bluegrass Personality of the Year 2012 award, is joining the Prescription Bluegrass CD review team, with the primary concern of reviewing CDs by bands and artists based in Europe. Niall's first review (for the premier Italian band Red Wine) has been published this week on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog CD review page. Read the full Prescription Bluegrass press release here.

Derek Lockhart of Dangem Bluegrass sends a big 'thank you' to all who turned up to the photo shoot at the Ulster American Folk Park on Saturday as part of publicity for this year's Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival (30 Aug.-1 Sept.). Derek was particularly impressed by the presence of Evan Lyons (13) and his parents Michael and Martyna, who had come up all the way from Co. Tipperary. (Evan and his banjo also took part in the 'WoodSongs in Dublin' event on 18 July.)

Derek also thanks the BIB, Ray O'Brien's 'Bluegrass in Ireland' Facebook page, Big T and Downtown Radio for helping to spread the word, and adds: 'And last but no means least Richard [Hurst] and Patrick [O'Kane] for the welcome plus tea and sticky buns. See you all at Omagh in a few weeks time.'


Thanks to Paul and Anne McEvoy for the news that this coming Friday (9 Aug.) the Red Hat Acoustic Music Club will hold its monthly meeting in the Harbour View Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare; musicians and listeners welcome.


Finally, for banjo-lovers (and aren't we all?) who feel a yawning gap in the September calendar with no Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival this year: good news is coming from the Bunratty direction and will be officially released very shortly, so stay tuned...

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