May 13th | Kristy Cox and her Band

Chart-toppin’ Nashville-based Kristy Cox, Australia’s biggest bluegrass & country music export, is on quite the roll, and she’s rolling right into Kilworth.

Capturing attention with her powerful singing style, youthful energy-infused bluegrass, and song writing acumen, she continues to enjoy radio & television success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a multi award-winning Australian Country Music Awards Golden Guitar recipient – most recently she picked up the 2019 Golden Guitar for Bluegrass Album of the Year for early 2018’s Ricochet.

Kristy has appeared at major festivals across Australia, Europe and the US, including an official showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Convention in 2015; she was shortlisted by the IBMA 4 years running for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

For her current & first release after signing with the Virginia-based bluegrass-only Mountain Fever label, early 2018’s Ricochet, Kristy teamed up with renowned songwriter Jerry Salley. 

Proving to be quite the formidable pairing in writing and recording great bluegrass and acoustic country music, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album and was shortlisted for the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album. 

‘Ricochet’, the first single release and title track off the album, took Kristy to the top of the Bluegrass Today Radio charts for two successive weeks; she hit #1 on the chart again with the subsequent Ricochet single release ‘I Can Almost Smell The Smoke’ while ‘South To North Carolina’, the third & current release off the album, was Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction #1 played record for January 2019.

“Kristy Cox is making a repeat visit to my favourites list. This Australian transplant captured lightning in a bottle when she teamed up with producer and writer Jerry Salley a couple of years ago, and the combination is still magical. On Ricochet, Cox steps it up a notch or two as a vocalist, making her one of the best in the business. Lots of strong songs here, but my favourite is a heart-breaking duet with Brandon Rickman on ‘A Bed This Cold’, which Rickman wrote with Salley.

– David Morris, Bluegrass Today, selecting Ricochet as one of his favourite album releases of 2018

“… one of the best in the business” according to Bluegrass Today, Kristy is excited to be making her very first visit to Ireland with her band, and we’re proud to present her third performance of the 9-gig tour in the intimate setting of The Village Arts Centre in Kilworth. Accompanied by her husband Travis, Australia’s premier honkytonk singer, this is youthful energy-infused bluegrass with maybe a bit of country thrown in for good measure.

Save the date, spread the word & we’ll see you in Kilworth on Monday, May 13.

January 28th | Special Consensus

The ever popular Special Consensus from Illinois USA are making their umpteenth tour of Ireland and yet another visit to Kilworth.

They have filled venues in Ireland for over 20 years. This is a testament to how great this Grammy nominated Bluegrass Band is.

Founded over 40 years ago by the incomparable Greg Cahill on banjo/vocals. The band also includes Rick Faris (guitar/vocals, Dan Embarks, bass/vocals and NickDumas (mandolin/vocals).

Anyone who has seen Special Consensus, knows how fantastic they are. With great vocals and red hot picking, they are one of the best bluegrass bands in the business. 

Come and see them in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Monday night, January 28.

January 21st | The Petersens

The Petersens Bluegrass Band from Branson, Missouri, USA kick off the 2019 Bluegrass season at The Village Arts Centre,  Kilworth on this coming Monday, January 21.

The show starts at 8pm sharp. Tickets are €15 and are available from the usual outlets.

This time, the Petersens come as a six piece band with five family members and one non-member, Emmett Franz.

Excellent instrumentally, their sibling harmonies make them a stand out as something really special, with great arrangements of classic bluegrass, Gospel and country music.

Every May, Silver Dollar City on the outskirts of Branson, have a month long Bluegrass Festival and The Petersens are noted performers there.

The Petersens feature Ellen Petersen (banjo/vocals), Julianne Petersen (mandolin/vocals), Katie Petersen (fiddle/vocals), Matt Petersen (guitar/vocals), Karen Petersen (bass/vocals) and Emmett Franz (dobro/vocals).

Tickets from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615), call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

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