22 August 2015

Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, 25-7 Sept. 2015

The BIB is always glad to post news about the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival; this year's event will be five weeks from now, on the weekend 25-7 Sept. Yes, it's in south-west Scotland, but quite a number of bands from Ireland have been on the bill in the past. Congratulations to C. Paul 'Dobroman' Lyttle (who also presents the Criffel Creek radio show) for organising and growing the festival since 2009.

This year's lineup comprises Bluedust (Milan, Italy), the Corn Potato String Band (Detroit, MI, USA), the Dude Coopers (East Anglia, England), the Daddy Naggins (Glasgow, Scotland), Okenfenokee (Edinburgh, Scotland), Red Herring (the Netherlands), and North Atlantic Project (Scotland). Performance videos and internet links for bands are on the Festival website.

The Corn Potato String Band made a welcome tour here last year (including the 2014 Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival) and will be back in these islands from early September, playing in Britain for a month and then coming over here for eight days that include the Bunratty Bluegrass Festival. Dates are on the BIB calendar and the band's online schedule.

Your editor saw and heard Bluedust at the European World of Bluegrass Festival (EWOB) in the Netherlands two years ago, and enjoyed them very much indeed. When it was first announced that they would head the bill at Moniaive, the BIB promised to post news of any other dates by them in these islands. Regrettably, it appears from their online schedule that their appearances at Moniaive are all they will be playing before going back home.

The band consists of Perry Meroni (guitar, lead vocals), Dino Barbè (banjo), Josh Villa (mandolin, vocals), Tony Spezzano (guitar, vocals), and Marco 'Fisherman' Centemeri (double bass, vocals), and they're a solid, driving band whose music comes from Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Jimmy Martin, and others of the founding generation of bluegrass. BIB readers who enjoy that vintage of bluegrass might consider a trip to hear them at Moniaive.

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