Author: Dave Jnr

Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa | Ireland 2019

Appaloosa, who, according to their website, are a ‘a group of seasoned musicians who play predominately original, contemporary and traditional Bluegrass music’, were formed in 2008 by Wayne Taylor after retiring from 21 years of service with Country Current, the US Navy’s renowned country-bluegrass ensemble. Wayne has shared a stage, and a song (‘Uncle Pen’ no less), with Bill Monroe (in 1995) and his two-decade-plus stretch with the Navy band, the last 9 of which were as band leader, saw him play for many a bigwig – heads of state, royalty and even 4 US presidents. But on this night, World Bluegrass Day 2019, he played for us, us and about 70 others in the Village Arts Centre in sleepy Kilworth, County Cork.”

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Leroy Troy Trio | September 2019

IRELAND, SEPTEMBER 5-15, 2019 | Proudly presented by mygrassisblue.com

From the pastoral rolling hills and hollers of sunny Tennessee came the founding members of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Mike Armistead and the indefatigable Leroy Troy. Accompanied by their songwriting guest and part-time band member George Harper, this frolicking threesome entertained an Irish audience in the old Southern traditions of comedic song, tales of loved and lost, and the occasional story.

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Sideline | July 2019

IRELAND, JULY 9-14, 2019 | Proudly presented by mygrassisblue.com

Recorded or live, their pulse-pounding drive, perfect timing, crisp instrumentals, powerful harmonies, and on-stage energy and finesse remind fans why they fell in love with bluegrass in the first place, and they brought their awesome show to an Irish audience, the 6-gig July 2019 tour their very first visit to Ireland.

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Kristy Cox | Ireland 2019, Days 7-9

“The last three days, the last three gigs. It was the same-same, but different. Two (more) converted or working churches. Another radio studio visit. And another unexpected rendezvous with another touring grasser. Oh, and a night in a castle. That bit was different.” It’s our media-heavy recap of days 7-9 of #KristyCoxIreland2019, our very first tour.”

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Kristy Cox | Ireland 2019, Days 4-6

“With ample downtime scheduled, Kristy was looking forward to the southwest, County Kerry’s Dingle Peninsula and its end-of-the-earth vibe in particular. And it lived up to the hype, so much so that when all was said and done, when gigs four, five and six were but fond memories and we were heading north, there was a request to revisit Dingle on subsequent tours, not to mention talk of retiring to a Dingle Peninsula cabin.” It’s our media-heavy recap of days 4-6 of #KristyCoxIreland2019, our very first tour.”

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Kristy Cox | Ireland 2019, Days 1-3

“The first gig in a 300-year-old venue in the heart of Waterford City, Ireland’s oldest city famed worldwide for its glass manufacturing, followed by two gigs in rural County Cork. There were media duties in a radio station studio in Clonmel and time was found for a visit to a castle in Cahir, both in County Tipperary. Oh, and a stage was shared with a fellow visiting grasser.” It’s our media-heavy recap of days 1-3 of #KristyCoxIreland2019, our very first tour.”

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Kristy Cox | May 2019

“Months of planning. Centuries-old church venues. Castle stays. Stunning scenery. Radio interviews. A Dingle lovein. And unexpected rendezvous with fellow touring grassers. A media-heavy recap of our 9-day, 9-gig #KristyCoxIreland2019 tour, Kristy’s inaugural tour of Ireland (and ours too).”

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Shannonside Winter Music Festival 2019

“This 2019 iteration of the celebration of music that is the Shannonside Winter Music 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 and the Munich String Band ably held the keep…”

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Special Consensus | Dublin, Ireland 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.”

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