Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Irish band to play in Catalonia this weekend

The Watery Hill Boys of Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, will be travelling to Spain on Friday this week, to play on successive nights in the Catalonian villages of La Pera and Rupia.

The Watery Hill Boys consist of Jim MacArdle (guitar, autoharp), Donal Black (banjo, mandolin, guitar), and Neil Conlon (bass). Jim, who brought his Skillet Lickers band to the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France in 2009, reports that the band plays old-time country and early bluegrass - 'the emphasis is on lively music with old-time harmonies.'

At home in Ireland, the Watery Hill Boys (who take their name from a hill near Drogheda) play every Friday in Carberry's, North Strand, and on every second Tuesday at Clarke's, Peter St. They are preparing a debut album; samples of their music can be heard on their MySpace site. More details are on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.