Bluegrass

April 29th | Greg Blake & The Scroggdogs

A night of bluegrass music in Kilworth is always exciting but the next show on Monday, April 29 promises to be really special.

The show will feature the great Greg Blake and the Scroggdogs. Greg will play solo in the first part of the show and will then be joined by Scott Gates for a few duets.

When Greg Blake sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of West Virginia mountain singers, a voice invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the ‘high, lonesome sound.’

While growing up in his Appalachian home, Greg was exposed to a constant menu of all the country greats on the TV and the radio and, as he played with GI Joes, Tonka Trucks and HotWheels, singing along seemed the natural thing to do. Promoter John Nyhan describes Greg Blake as ‘probably the best bluegrass/country singer and guitarist you will ever witness’.

It must be pointed out of course that Greg Blake and Jeff Scroggins are still playing with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado.

The reason for this double act is that Jeff Scroggins is in England the week before teaching banjo at a bluegrass music camp and as Jeff Scroggins and Colorado are touring Europe, they thought it would be a good time to tour Ireland.

The Scroggdogs line-up includes Jeff Scroggins on banjo (twice USA National banjo champion), Scott Gates (mandolin/Vocals), Yousef Tucker (guitar/vocals), Jan Purat (fiddle/vocals) and Zach Sharpe (bass).

You are advised to book in good time. Tickets €20 are now on sale from usual outlets – The Avondhu offices at Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514 or 087-7921771.

April 1 | High Plains Tradition

30 years after being founded and following several member changes, High Plains Tradition has become a highly sought after Bluegrass band at festivals and concerts alike. 

Their travels have taken them to play festivals and events in Canada as well as 4 tours in Ireland. During each of those four Irish visits, they have played The Village Arts Centre and are thrilled to be coming back for another great night on Monday, April 1.

The High Plains band is rooted in the ‘traditional’ bluegrass with a flair all of their own. The band has 5 members who all can sing and it is that which keeps the fans come back again and again.

Their Gospel Show has been known to bring not only band members to tears but also the fans in attendance. They are known to be quite a bunch of cut-ups on stage and fans have been heard saying “You just don’t know what’s going to happen on stage with them boys. They are just so entertaining.” 

The band is made up of songwriter and mandolin player Doug Elrick; Steve Gilmore (guitar), Mark Leslie (banjo), Kenny Bapst (bass) and the man with the unique tenor voice, Bobby Cickerey on fiddle.

Tickets are just €15 and are now on sale in The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.

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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