Bluegrass

Bluegrass & Country Double Bill

The 2002 bluegrass season kicks off at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Monday, January 20 with a superb double act  featuring a top 5-piece band from the United States and a Belgian duo called Table For Two.

Originating in the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They set out to create a group that is tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music and offer up a fresh approach to the ‘High Lonesome’ sound.

With over 200 dates a year, their high-energy style of bluegrass has taken them all over world. From Danny Stewarts Alaskan Bluegrass Cruise, Bluegrass On The Beach Lake Havasu, AZ and tours in Ireland (Village Arts Centre among a few other selected Irish venues), England and Scotland just to name a few.

Supporting them from Belgium are a duo called ‘Table for Two’.  Promoter John Nyhan promises yet another great mix of music on the night to kick off the new year.

Tickets €20 now on sale at The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), at Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.

January 20 | Bluegrass & Country Double Bill

The 2002 bluegrass season kicks off at The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Monday, January 20 with a superb double act  featuring a top 5-piece band from the United States and a Belgian duo called Table For Two.

Originating in the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They set out to create a group that is tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music and offer up a fresh approach to the ‘High Lonesome’ sound. 

With over 200 dates a year, their high-energy style of bluegrass has taken them all over world. From Danny Stewarts Alaskan Bluegrass Cruise, Bluegrass On The Beach Lake Havasu, AZ and tours in Ireland (Village Arts Centre among a few other selected Irish venues), England and Scotland just to name a few. 

Supporting them from Belgium are a duo called ‘Table for Two’.  Promoter John Nyhan promises yet another great mix of music on the night to kick off the new year.

Tickets €20 now on sale at The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), at Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.

The Petersens

Last time The Petersens played The Village Arts Centre was their first visit to the area and they went down a treat.

Alecia Nugent

Bluegrass returns to The Village Arts Centre on Monday, July 15, this time with Alecia Nugent and her band from Louisiana, USA.

In the five short years since Alecia Nugent’s debut CD, she has gone from being the toast of Hickory Grove, Louisiana to one of the most celebrated Bluegrass & Country singers across America’s heartland.

August 26 | The Petersens

Last time The Petersens played The Village Arts Centre was their first visit to the area and they went down a treat.

The four sisters in the band – Ellen, Julianne, Katie and Karen were simply brilliant, their vocal harmonies a delight to hear.

The band come all the way from Branson, Missouri where Bluegrass, Gospel and Country music is a daily part of life. The Petersens are making a very welcome return to the Kilworth venue on Monday, August 26.

Each May, for the past number of years, The Petersens have been part of a month long Bluegrass Festival at Silver Dollar City on the outskirts of Branson

The band features 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 (€15) now on sale (from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615), call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

July 15 | Alecia Nugent

Bluegrass returns to The Village Arts Centre on Monday, July 15, this time with Alecia Nugent and her band from Louisiana, USA.

In the five short years since Alecia Nugent’s debut CD, she has gone from being the toast of Hickory Grove, Louisiana to one of the most celebrated Bluegrass & Country singers across America’s heartland.

Alecia was schooled in the sounds of The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and other bluegrass masters. On her own, she developed a taste for country-music greats such as George Jones, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

The band features James Kee from Chattanooga, now  living in Nashville on mandolin and vocals. A great singer and mandolin player, James is best remembered by Kilworth patrons as the lead singer with the Hamilton County Ramblers, who appeared at the Arts Centre a few years ago.

Gina Britt on banjo and vocals is originally from North Carolina, but nowresides in Nashville. She is a highly acclaimed  banjo player, havingplayed with many of the top bands in Bluegrass, including the Grammy nominated all-woman Bluegrass powerhouse ‘Sister Sadie’.

Jed Clarke from Arkansas is a flatpicking guitar fanatic, highly influnced by master flatpicker, Tony Rice.

Beth Lawerence (bass and vocals) from Wisconsin and now residing in Nashville, brings her strong bass playing and excellent harmony to the Alecia Nugent Bluegrass Band.

This date (Monday, July 15) with the Alecia Nugent Bluegrass Band is a must for Bluegrass and Country fans alike.

Tickets €15 from usual outlets or call 087-7921771 or 087-6492514.

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 (see below).

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.

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 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.

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.

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