28 October 2014

Furnace Mountain (USA) in Drogheda, 31 Oct. 2014

Thanks to Glenda Bollard of the Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell St., Drogheda, for the news that the Centre, in cooperation with Music Network, will present Furnace Mountain from Virginia this Friday (31 October) - the third show in the band's tour, which begins tonight in Dublin. The Centre announces:

Droichead are excited to welcome Furnace Mountain. Fast-rising stars of the American roots scene, Furnace Mountain have won critical acclaim for their fresh, authentic sound, which combines the heart-worn and effortlessly sweet vocal harmonies of Aimee Curl and Morgan Morrison with fiddle playing that evokes everything from keening bagpipes to lonesome train whistles – with some dazzling mandolin chops thrown in for good measure.

At times lively and raucous, at times poignant and poetic, Furnace Mountain have true Appalachian soil caked onto their boots. With a repertoire largely drawn from the old-time, bluegrass and folk ballad tradition, the quartet’s members all grew up on or near the mountain in Virginia bearing the same name as the group.

The band have performed at folk and bluegrass festivals across the globe, gracing stages from the Yangtze River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where they are the host band of the world famous Watermelon Park Festival each year.

They have received rave reviews including 'Blisteringly good roots music', 'Like the mountains and rivers, their sounds reflect the soul of the region', and 'A thrilling bluegrass romp that musicians of any musical extraction would be envious of'.

One night only at Droichead Arts Centre on Friday 31 October at 8.30 p.m. Tickets (€16 / €14 concession) available from Droichead Arts Centre’s Box Office on Stockwell Street, 041 9833946 or free online booking.

The band's full schedule in Ireland is:

Tues. 28th Oct.: Music Network, Sugar Club, Dublin 2
Thurs. 30th: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Fri. 31st: Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Sat. 1st Nov.: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Sun. 2nd: Clifden Arts Society, Station House Theatre, Clifden, Co. Galway
Mon. 3rd: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Tues. 4th: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Wed. 5th: Town Hall, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
Thurs. 6th: Council Chambers, Bangor, Co. Down
Fri. 7th: Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Co. Down
Sat. 8th: Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh city
Sun. 9th: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

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