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Adams & Staats | Ireland 2019, Days 4-6

Three more days, three more gigs, musicial collaborations, and the wild Atlantic west coast. It’s our media-heavy recap of days 4-6 of #AdamsandStaatsIreland2019, our 2019 9-gig nationwide tour of Ireland by flatpicking guitarist Brandon Lee Adams and mandolin maestro Johnny Staats.

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Adams & Staats | Ireland 2019, Days 1-3

Lots of ground covered. From the airport to UPS to Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast to rural Donegal to sleepy Cork. A puncture, a missed radio interview, the first three gigs, and the first three post-gig jams. It’s our media-heavy recap of days 1-3 of #AdamsandStaatsIreland2019, our 2019 9-gig nationwide tour of Ireland by flatpicking guitarist Brandon Lee Adams and mandolin maestro Johnny Staats.

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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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✝️ DON RENO | OCTOBER 16, 1984 ✝️

Remembering Don Reno… prodigious multi-instrumentalist (the first time he picked up a banjo 🪕, at the age of five, he found that he could play ‘Brown’s Ferry Blues’ and he could play banjo or guitar in any key without a capo)… innovator (pre-empted by Earl Scruggs as the first prominent three-finger banjo player during Reno’s World War II service, he went on to create a distinctively different banjo style featuring single-string and jazzy chordal phrases adapted from the guitar)… pioneer (first prominent flat-picking lead guitarist in bluegrass)… showman (could hold an audience’s attention for every moment of his live performances)... vocalist… songwriter and composer (with approximately 500 songs and instrumentals, the most prolific composer in bluegrass music history who was known to write 10 or 15 songs at a stretch)… and, of course, one-half of the IBMA Hall of Fame partnership Reno & Smiley, who tragically died 58 years young on this day, October 16, in 1984.

"[Snuffy] Jenkins was the man that told me and showed me how to use the third finger on a banjo. He took time out with me when I was very young." – “The Don Reno Story, Part 1: The Early Years,” interview with Bill Vernon, Muleskinner News, June, 1973.

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