21 January 2014

Events in the next ten days - plus comment

Taken from the BIB calendar (please check the 'Weekly sessions' section of the calendar as well):

Tues. 21st: High Plains Tradition (USA), Church of Ireland church, Bruff, Co. Limerick, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 086-3027976
Martin Gilmore (USA), O’Neill’s Bar, Buttevant, Co. Cork, 9.00 p.m., with Jacob's Ladder (vocal harmony group); tel. 086-8168692

Wed. 22nd: Martin Gilmore (USA), Rory Gallagher Music Library, Grand Parade, Cork city, 1.00 p.m.; tel. 021-4924919
High Plains Tradition (USA), Dolan's Bar, Dock Road, Limerick city, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 061-314483

Thurs. 23rd: Martin Gilmore (USA), Tigh an Cheoil, Baile na nGall, Ring, Co. Waterford, 9.00 p.m.; tel. 087-0640542
High Plains Tradition (USA), St John's Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, 8.00 p.m.; tel. 068-22566

Fri. 24th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Tearoom Sessions, Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 087-1205353
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Seamus Ennis Cultural Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin

Sat. 25th: Dangem Bluegrass monthly Bluegrass Get-Together, Lisburn Island Arts Centre, Co. Antrim, 10.00 a.m. to noon [see Dangem e-newsletter, which urges: 'Enjoy bluegrass music responsibly']
High Plains Tradition (USA), Mannion's Bar, Balla, Co. Mayo, 9.00 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 087-2296018
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band, Leap Castle, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary; 9.00 p.m.; for tickets, text 087 2238040

Sun. 26th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Pikers Lodge Hotel, Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan, 7.30 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 086-2268567
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Festival of American Country, Bluegrass and Roots, Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford

Mon. 27th: High Plains Tradition (USA), Pikers Lodge Hotel, Loch Gowna, Co. Cavan, 8.30 p.m.; plus Martin Gilmore; tel. 086-2268567
Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), The Stage Inn @ Mick Murphys, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare

Tues. 28th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Cunningham's Upstairs Venue, Main St., Kildare, Co. Kildare
Elephant Revival (USA), Clonmel World Music, Raheen House Hotel, Co. Tipperary

Wed. 29th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Barry’s, Grange, Co. Sligo
Elephant Revival (USA), Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford city

Thurs. 30th: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), The Black Box, Belfast
The Cabin Sessions, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Dundrum, Dublin 14: the Cabin Crew [Spats Davenport (gtr), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dob), Cathy McEvoy (f), Christian Volkmann (hca)] with special guests Tom Horan (folk/country), Mike & Carena (Latin folk), Emma Butler (contemporary); 9.30-11.30 p.m., adm. free

Fri. 31st: Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band (USA), Regional Cultural Arts Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

This slice of the BIB calendar begins halfway through the High Plains Tradition tour and ends halfway through the Nation & Blackwell Band tour; so it's a prime period with two fine US traditional bluegrass bands in Ireland, and the highly regarded neo-old-time string band Elephant Revival playing two concerts.

Thanks to Ray O'Brien for already publishing this slice of calendar yesterday on his Bluegrass in Ireland Facebook. Ray also posted a message from Tennessee fiddler Evie Andrus, who will be in Dublin, Belfast, and Galway in the near future and will be glad to know of sessions she can join. Evie can be contacted through Facebook.

High Plains Tradition began their tour last Thursday with a show that broke new ground for bluegrass in Leinster. Thanks to Sean MacManus and the committee of the Ashbourne village hall restoration project for presenting in concert HPT, supported by Woodbine and Della Belle, to a paying-in audience of over 450 people - most of whom had not heard bluegrass before but nonetheless gave them a standing ovation.

HPT were also extremely well received at the 15th Shannonside Winter Music Festival, a weekend of fine music in cheerful and intimate settings - photos from which are beginning to appear on Facebook.

Thanks to Paul Lee of Musiclee.ie for his spring schedule including shows (mostly at Whelans in Dublin) by the Stray Birds (16 Feb.), the Revelers (30 Mar.), Tish Hinojosa and Anny Celsi (6 Apr.), Tumbling Bones (10 Apr.), and Cahalen Morrison and Eli West (8 May). More details and website links are here.

The new-format updated schedule for coming events at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre at Naul, includes the Nation & Blackwell show there this coming Friday (24 Jan.).

Finally, a treat from ArtistWorks, who send this splendid video of two of their online teachers, Mike Marshall and Tony Trischka, jamming on 'Paddy on the turnpike'.

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