13 June 2016

Roni at the Red Room on 18 (not 19) June 2016 - and Omagh news

Thanks to Sharon Loughrin of the Red Room, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, for the news that the unique Roni Stoneman will be playing at the Red Room's Barn (above) not on Sunday 19 June, as originally announced, but a day earlier on Saturday 18 June.

The date was changed so that Roni could be supported by the Watery Hill Boys both at the Cairncastle Ulster Scots special bluegrass evening on Friday 17 June, and subsequently at the Red Room, without their having to return to Drogheda between the two shows. The Cairncastle Ulster Scots show, at the Halfway House Hotel, Ballygally, Co. Antrim, begins at 8.00 p.m. Admission is £10 and everyone is welcome - east Ulster bluegrass enthusiasts, take notice.

The Red Room announced earlier this evening on Facebook:

We're delighted to have Roni Stoneman, 'the First Lady of Banjo', playing in the barn this Saturday night (18th). Seats are filling fast so get back to us quickly, and check her out on Wikipedia / YouTube to see what a legend this lady is, not only as a musician but famous also as a comedienne on the Hee Haw show. It's an honour to have her play and tell stories of her life as one of the legendary Stoneman family.
Thanks to Sharon also for the news that programme flyers have been issued for the 25th Bluegrass Music Festival (2-4 Sept. 2016) at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Full programme details and online booking options are on the Folk Park website. A welcome piece of news is that Omagh's own distinguished country music historian and record collector, Rodney McElrea, will deliver a special McAuley Lecture at lunchtime on Sat. 3 Sept., giving a retrospective view of the artists who have played at the Festival in its quarter-century.

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