23 January 2015

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Not all of us who have enjoyed seeing and hearing Jan Michielsen as guitarist with 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) may know that Jan is also the mandolinist in the all-Belgian hard-core bluegrass band Blue Maxx. They're releasing their CD The wicked path of sin on St Valentine's day in Jan's admirable home town of Hoogstraten, near the Dutch border; details are on the poster image. A fortnight later they will be on a joint concert with Rawhide, the premier Belgian bluegrass band who played at the Omagh festival in 2013.
Closer to home: thanks to Roger Ryan of the Country Music Association of Ireland and the Rockies GAA club in Blackrock, Cork, for the news that country singer Lana Gibson and her band will play for dancing at the Rockies on Saturday 31 January, starting at 9.30 p.m. - no cover charge. Not bluegrass, but music from an era of country music that many bluegrassers enjoy, and certainly from before the 'Murder on Music Row' about which Larry Cordle wrote his award-winning song (IBMA Song of the Year 2000).

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