Thursday, 17 September 2009

Ruth Dillon Returns to Longford with the Molly Hicks

Thanks to Tom Hanway for this news:
Recording artist singer-songwriter Ruth Dillon brings her original bluegrass and country songs to Longford, returning with the Molly Hicks to the Stillery, Friday, 25 September, 10 pm, preceded at 8 pm by a bluegrass session, led by top-notch banjoist Tom Hanway, who recently appeared on TV3's Ireland: AM with American country singer Jack Grace.

The Molly Hicks are an original and contemporary bluegrass unit based in Galway, featuring Ruth Dillon (vocals/guitar), Bernie O'Mahony (vocals/guitar), Tom Hanway (vocals/5-string banjo) and Peter Akerstrom (vocals/guitar). Ruth will try out her many new original songs, singing duets with Bernie, and trios with Tom, who also adds hot original banjo tunes.

This tight vocal group is revered in Galway and across Ireland for their uncanny delivery of traditional and contemporary bluegrass songs. The Molly Hicks are a harmony tour de force, with everyone taking turns singing lead and harmony, doing call and response, in the grand traditions of American bluegrass, full-grown gospel and country music. Ruth, from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, has toured America and Europe with the Dolores Keane Band. As a solo performer, she has opened for such acts as Altan, Sharon Shannon, Francis Black, Ron Sexsmith, Juniper and Sean Tyrell. Bernie O'Mahony, originally from Waterford, is a professional studio singer and recording artist who has performed with Sean Tyrrell's highly acclaimed show The Midnight Court. She and Ruth have been collaborating in Galway in recent years, performing at festivals, touring in Ireland and America, and holding down a monthly residency at the prestigious Crane Bar in Galway.

American ex-pat Tom Hanway composes on banjo and has three albums distributed globally on the major digital stores. Tom's debut CD Bucket of Bees, waxed in Nashville and New York City, saw him working with top bluegrass artists Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, David Grier and Vassar Clements. Hanway wrote seven tunes for Bucket of Bees, shifting between bluegrass and contemporary styles. He has developed and helped folk, country and bluegrass artists on dozens of recordings on both sides of the Atlantic. Please come meet the Molly Hicks at an intimate venue in Longford town, and help them celebrate the release of their thirteen-song recording, with new, original and traditional songs.
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