05 November 2014

GAA host TWO bluegrass shows, Sat. 29 Nov. 2014

Thanks to Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland for a reminder that Rackhouse Pilfer (above) from Sligo will be playing at the Rockies GAA Club, Church Rd, Blackrock, Cork, on Saturday 29 November.

It's been a good year for the band (also on Facebook), starting in Nashville, where they recorded their new album Love and havoc, played at the renowned Station Inn, and were filmed for the YouTube channel of Carter Vintage Guitars. Highlights of a busy schedule later in the year included return visits not only to the Sligo Live festival but to two of the biggest bluegrass festivals in Europe, at La Roche-sur-Foron in France and the Ulster American Folk Park in Co. Tyrone; appearing on the cover of Bluegrass Europe magazine; and receiving the Jagermeister Freezer Sessions 'Live Band of the Year' award from Hot Press. Roger adds: 'So, everything points to a great night at the Rockies, and the good news is - There's No Cover Charge.'
And on the same evening at another GAA club, 200 km north-east of the Rockies, there'll be a special treat for hard-core bluegrass fans - KingBlue and Woodbine appear together at the Athy GAA Centre, Dublin Rd, Athy, Co. Kildare.

Woodbine have been off the road since the summer, pending the arrival of Siobhan Kennedy (see the BIB for 14 Oct.), so they'll be hungry to pick. And for anyone who missed the historic inaugural gig by KingBlue last Saturday, or wants to be reminded of it - three videos are on Facebook of the band playing 'I'll break out again tonight', 'You won't be satisfied that way', and 'Panhandle rag', and an album of fine photos by Michael Barbour can be viewed here.

KingBlue: (l-r) Mel Corry, Caolan 'Chief' Derby,
Clem O'Brien, Sean McKerr

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