Monday, 12 March 2007
Ravens in flight: Jonathan Toman, Tom Sheerin, Dessie Sheerin, Carmel Sheerin, Danny Sheerin
Irish bluegrass band Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens will tour the U.S. this summer. The band is currently finalizing their second album with multi-Grammy-winning Nashville producer Bil VornDick, who also signed them to a publishing deal. 'Very rarely do you get a chance to work with a family band of three brothers and a sister as the lead vocalist. There is something about family bands and their harmony that can raise the hairs on the back of your neck. They have the European flair in their music that is so appealing', said VornDick.
The European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) voted Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens the #1 European Bluegrass Band in 2005, and they represented Europe recently at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass conference that was held at the Nashville Convention Center this past September.
Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens have scaled new heights in the past year and performed on the international scene, at a level most Irish bluegrass bands could only aspire to. In America, this band is being mentioned in the same breath as artists such as Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Tim O'Brien. This is mainly down to the unique sound of Carmel on lead vocals and the band singing clean harmonies throughout. The forthcoming album consists of a lot of the band's own material, and some collaborations with top American and Irish bluegrass songwriters, including Tim O'Brien (IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year & Song of the Year Winner 2006), Charlie McGettigan, and Niall Toner.