21 May 2015

More artists confirmed for Dunmore East 2015

Following upon the BIB post of 30 April, thanks to Mick Daly for more news of the lineup at the 21st Guinness International Bluegrass Festival (27-30 Aug. 2015) at Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.

Further artists confirmed for the festival include Cup O' Joe from Armagh - who, like JigJam from Tullamore, were at last week's European World of Bluegrass Festival in the Netherlands. Photos of both bands at EWOB can be seen on their own Facebook pages and through links on the EWOB Facebook.

There will also be major guests at Dunmore East from the USA: the duo Whiskey Deaf from the vigorous scene in Portland, OR, playing traditional bluegrass, old-time, and early country music. Whiskey Deaf consists of Annie Staninec and John Kael (above, left and right), and we quote the blurb on their website:

Annie Staninec has been playing fiddle since the age of 4, and can rattle your teeth with a bluegrass breakdown, tug at your soul on a lonesome ballad, or kick you out of your seat with a cajun two-step. She’s toured the world and been on countless records with renowned artists such as Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis, Peter Rowan, John Reischman, David Grisman, Darol Anger, Mary Gauthier, and Town Mountain, and she’s taught at some of the most prestigious music camps in the country.

John Kael has been teaching and performing bluegrass guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass for over twenty years, and is also an established songwriter – his award-winning song 'Handmade cross' can be heard on the Grammy-nominated album
Hard game of love by Doyle Lawson.

John also operates the very useful Bluegrass Lyrics website. Plenty of examples of Annie Staninec's playing are on YouTube and her website. More additions to the Dunmore East lineup are on the way.

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