Promoting & Specialising in Bringing The Best of Bluegrass to Ireland, And Beyond

UPDATE | March 21, 2020

We guess it was inevitable. 😢 It is with the heaviest of heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our Kristy Cox May 2020 tour of Europe. 💔

Suffice it to say, a month-long multi-country European jaunt is just not viable given the present and exceptional challenge we are all facing as a result of the horrid Covid-19 pandemic. 🤬

We would like to thank everyone who worked with us to help make this tour possible, local bluegrass enthusiasts, festivals and venues in countries all over Europe who share our vision of spreading the bluegrass sound. Again, thank you all so, so much. 👏👍👊 🙌

And thank you to Kristy Cox herself. We love you and can’t thank you enough for the faith you’ve put in us from day one. From before day one even. We’ll get there, together. Thank you again. Truly. 😘

Despite the hard-hitting graphic, the tour is postponed, not cancelled, and we’re already working to make it a reality for May 2021. 🎉 One more year of planning to make it even better than it would have been this year. 🥳

In the meantime, let’s hope that we return to some semblance of normality sooner rather than later. That’s what we’re all hoping for, particularly the artists who are being hit especially hard by this crisis. Buy their music, buy their merch, engage in online lessons, donate to a virtual tip jar. It all helps.

Keep your grass blue, keep your chin up, and, most importantly, keep safe and healthy.

Regards, The mygrassisblue.com Team

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Been and Gone

Kristy Cox

May 2019

#KristyCoxIreland2019

Sideline

July 2019

#SidelineIreland2019

Leroy Troy & His Hillbilly Trio

September 2019

#LeroyTroyTrioIreland2019

Adams & Staats

October 2019

#AdamsandStaatsIreland2019

I hope the My Grass is Blue team will be recognized in some manner by the International Bluegrass Music Association. They are working very hard to fulfill the first letter of the IBMA acronym in their home base in Ireland. They are taking bluegrass to an international level by hosting many shows and respecting the roots of our music. A wonderful organization.

– David Pendley, mandolinist with The Kristy Cox Band

DATE | July 15, 2019

Damn. We can’t believe it’s over.

We’ve so many wonderful & cherished memories from our time with the Sideline guys on the recent #SidelineIreland2019 tour. It was an awesome experience for all, captured via hours of media and hundreds of pictures. A full multimedia-heavy review will be coming here to the blog soon, but in the meantime here’s a look behind the tour scenes as the Enterprise Screen crew capture a little promotional footage of the guys knocking out the Johnson Mountain Boys instrumental ‘Newton Grove’ on the stage of the Theatre Royal Waterford ahead of gig 5 of the 6-gig nationwide tour, Sideline’s first visit to Ireland but by no means their last.

The Sideline bluegrass sound. Wonderful stuff. Just wonderful.

The mygrassisblue.com Blog

The Bluegrass Bible | ‘Bluegrass – A History’ by Neil V. Rosenberg

“The bluegrass bible? Quite possibly… I first picked (no pun intended) up a copy of Neil V. Rosenberg’s ‘Bluegrass – A History’ in the gift shop of Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum during the summer of 2003. It was my first visit to Nashville… I’ve read the book… few times since. It warrants a few reads.”

Shannonside Winter Music Festival 2019

“This 2019 iteration of the celebration of music that is the festival… had 80 events spread over 5 days covering 10 different musical genres… bluegrass was well catered for on the lineup, the Special Consensus, no strangers to the festival, the headline act. But until they rode into town for the established Sunday afternoon bluegrass concert, The Petersens & the Munich String Band ably held the keep, if you’ll pardon the oh-so obvious pun.”

The Special Consensus, Dublin 2019

“Pulling from their extensive catalogue of material, the 2-hour-long intermission-interrupted set contained many a highlight: the harmonies; the a cappella Gospel numbers; and the instrumentals, especially the bass solos (who doesn’t love a good bass solo or two?) & instrumental-heavy encore, were all outstanding, or just as one might expect from this polished quartet.”

Omagh Bluegrass Music Festival 2018

“It’s probably the largest bluegrass festival on the island of Ireland and it has been running now for over a quarter of a century. The lineup for this year’s festival was just as impressive as the festival’s setting of the Ulster American Folk Park, the headline act of husband & wife combo Darin & Brooke Aldridge flown in just for the occasion. It was good to see and hear them again.”

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Dublin 2018

“… the Beast from the East… did its upmost to disrupt the 2018 Ireland tour by Chris Jones And The Night Drivers. It forced the band, formed by Chris Jones in 1995, to ride out the worst of the unusually severe weather in Northern Ireland while wiping our some of the early shows of the 11 gigs originally scheduled.”

The Ryman Auditorium

“It was upon the Ryman Auditorium stage in December 1945 that the ‘Father of Bluegrass’ Bill Monroe presented to the world the sound of a new musical genre…. ‘bluegrass’, as it was to become known, was born. Today, bluegrass remains a staple on venerated stage where it started.”

Sandy Hook, Kentucky

“We returned to Sandy Hook in 2017. More bluegrass road-trippin’. Yes, the Keith Whitley statue is still there in the town’s Elliot County Memory Garden & the old timers are still frequenting the Frosty Freeze Restaurant to catch up with the local gossip over some simple, hearty fare. Needless to say, it was all very familiar, and all very familiarly quiet.”

The Crooked Road, Virginia

“… today old-time music & bluegrass festivals are as linked to the Virginia hills as the dark strands of dogwood and fir trees. The state even honours this legacy via its very own Heritage Music Trail along its so-called Crooked Road, a 300-mile-long regional route connecting 19 counties, four cities and over 50 towns and communities where heritage music is celebrated year-round.”

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage | Rex Fest 2016

“Galax… it’s a quiet, quaint & prototypical old-time music-lovin’ Appalachian town of simple living, friendly locals, strong accents, and a rich musical heritage… And for one day in September 2016 the town was cordoned off to facilitate Rex Fest, a day-long celebration of regional music & dance. The Queen was even in town for the occasion.”

Cordell, Kentucky | On A Recce For Ricky

“Rural Kentucky is home to many a country & bluegrass music heavy-hitter, two of which – one dead, one very much alive – were of particular interest to us on this day, and we went searching for signs of them in two Kentucky towns that you’d probably otherwise have no reason to visit.”

Bluegrass has brought more people together & made more friends than any music in the world.

– Bill Monroe

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