Friday, 18 November 2011

Irish national radio to broadcast documentary on Bill Monroe, 29 Dec. 2011

'From Rathgar to Rosine: a pilgrimage to find Bill Monroe', a one-hour radio documentary presented by Niall Toner and produced by Aidan Butler, will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, the Irish national radio station, on Thursday 29 December 2011 at 2.00 p.m.

The title indicates Niall's fascination with Bill Monroe since first hearing his music in Rathgar, Dublin, in the late 1950s. In September 2011 Niall and RTÉ Radio 1 producer Aidan Butler travelled to the 10th Annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival at Jerusalem Ridge in Kentucky, near the Monroe homeplace in Rosine, and spoke with as many of Monroe's friends, relatives, neighbours, admirers, and band members as they could locate. Compiled from many hours of recordings, this one-hour documentary tries to unlock some of the mystery behind the enigma and the genius that was Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music.

More details are on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog. The photo above was taken by Niall Toner in the dressing room at the 1975 Belfast concert by Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.