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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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My Grass Is Blue

✝️ 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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