09 March 2015

Coming attractions

Thanks to Tony O'Brien of Woodbine and the Athy Bluegrass Festival for news of both those organisations:

A week today (Monday 16 March), Woodbine are scheduled to play at Tuohy's, in Pound St., Rathdowney, Co. Laois, at 9.00 p.m. Tuohy's is one of the band's favourite places to play; it's compact, so get there early for a good seat.

As already announced on the BIB, the 25th Athy Bluegrass Festival will be held on 10-12 July 2015 at the GAA Centre, Dublin Road, Athy, Co. Kildare, with perennial favourites 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) at the top of the bill. Tony now reveals that sharing that position with them will be Tom Mindte (mandolin), John Brunschwyler (banjo), and all the Patuxent Partners (photo above). Longtime attenders at Athy festivals know what a treat this means - favourable responses to the news are already on the Festival Facebook.
A high proportion of the BIB editor's favourite bluegrass has come from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and the adjacent areas of Maryland and Virginia. Not only do the Patuxent Partners embody that tradition themselves - Tom Mindte's Patuxent Music record label is making available loads of classic music from the region, together with acclaimed new recordings in bluegrass, old-time, blues, swing, and more. The BIB will be carrying more on this subject.

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