Thursday, 30 April 2009

International bands at Kilkenny festival

Jack Grace (left) and his Band from New York city, with Tom Hanway (USA), now resident in Ireland, on 5-string banjo, are among the many bands taking part in the Guinness Rhythm & Roots Festival in Kilkenny city, Ireland, from tomorrow till Monday 4 May. Other dates played by the Jack Grace Band in Ireland are shown on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.

The Pilgrim Sisters (right) from Sweden, who play the songs of the Stanley Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Delmore Brothers, Patsy Cline, the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and original material, are the closest to a bluegrass band among the other groups on the Kilkenny lineup.

Also taking part are several of the new crop of Irish 'fusion' bands, combining elements of alt.country, old-time, Cajun, folk, and bluegrass - examples include the Prairie Dawgs, Cotton Pickin' Rodeo Clowns, and Tupelo.