Thursday, 1 September 2011

Niall Toner Band #1 on AirPlay Direct bluegrass charts - and more

This week the Niall Toner Band from Ireland is at the top of the AirPlay Direct bluegrass/folk charts - #1 among 50 top bluegrass/folk albums, based on radio station downloads.

More details are on the original Bluegrass Blog, which includes a reaction by Niall himself. The news was also announced yesterday in a special release by the Mountain Music Entertainment agency, which handles bookings for the Niall Toner Band in the USA.

As a result, Niall has been invited to showcase at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN, later this month, and while touring in Tennessee and North Carolina he will be speaking about his bluegrass songwriting on Thursday 6 October to students on the Lee Bidgood Survey of Contemporary Bluegrass class at East Tennessee State University.

This weekend the Niall Toner Band will open the Friday evening concert at the Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival in the Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Niall and his fellow broadcaster Sandy Harsch will also hosting a live 2-hour show from the Park on Saturday night, 10.00-12.00, on the Irish national radio station, with as many guests as possible from a lineup that includes Dailey & Vincent (USA).