Friday, 4 June 2010

Banjo prizes on Irish national radio show

In a musical career stretching over five decades, Ireland's Niall Toner has done almost every kind of bluegrass activity: singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, event organiser, recording artist - and broadcaster. As from tomorrow (Saturday 5 June) his radio show 'Roots Freeway' is back on air on Saturday nights on the national broadcasting service, RTE Radio 1, from 11.00 p.m. till midnight, presenting roots, country, bluegrass, country rock, western swing, cajun, and hardcore mountain music.

In the last series of his show, Niall gave away two Gibson guitars to the winners of contests. In this series he will be offering two handmade Clareen banjos, valued at €1,500.00 each, as prizes: one tenor banjo and one 5-string, custom-made and donated by Tom Cussen in Co. Galway. For further details of the competition - which will begin in about two weeks' time - see the Bluegrass Ireland Blog. The photo (left) shows a Clareen Special 5-string.