03 July 2014

'Evolving through preservation' - and more

Thanks to Ken Irwin of Rounder Records for drawing attention to this link to an eighteen-minute video of an address, under the title 'Evolving through preservation', delivered by Pokey LaFarge at Maryville University, St Louis.

Pokey (who has played several times in Ireland with his band the South City Three) gives his views on American music (especially varieties of roots music) and the way past and present interact in culture and society - plus four minutes of singing with his arch-top guitar.
The Open House Festival team in Belfast mention that tickets for some of the events at their Bangor festival throughout the coming August are already close to selling out.
Thanks to Aoife Concannon for the news that the Emily Portman Trio (Emily Portman, vocals, concertina, 5-string banjo; Lucy Farrell, vocals, viola, cello, saw; Rachel Newton (The Shee), vocals, harp) will be playing at the Earagail Arts Festival, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, on 14 July at 7.30 p.m., and the following night (15 July) at the Odessa Club, 13-14 Dame Court, Dublin 2, at 8.00 p.m. More details, including online booking facilities, are on the trio's website.

Emily Portman is the 2013 holder of the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song. If you were drawn to the BIB mention of the Mae Trio a few days ago, this could be for you.

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