Saturday, 27 July 2013

Irish band prepare for third tour on the Continent


The Watery Hill Boys trio from Drogheda in eastern Ireland have recently completed work on their second album (scheduled for release in September 2013), and will be touring on the Continent in the first half of 15 August. This is their third consecutive year of playing on the Continent, and they will perform at the prestigious La Roche Bluegrass Festival in La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France - having been selected to take part in the European Band of the Year Competition on the main stage on Sunday 4 August.

The following day they head south to Catalonia to play five dates at venues including the famous Harlem Jazz Club in Barcelona and the Sunset Jazz Club in Girona. They will also be paying a return visit to the village squares of Rupiá and La Pera, in the region of l’Empordá, with a final concert night on the beach near Sant Pere Pescador. This follows a busy July in Ireland: the Boys have appeared in the last few weeks at the Athy Bluegrass Festival in Co. Kildare, at the Ardara Bluegrass Weekend in Co. Donegal, and at the Ulster Scots Folk Festival in Cairncastle, Co. Antrim. The tour schedule is on their Facebook page.

On their return in mid-August, the Boys will set about launching their album before heading to the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival near Dumfries in Scotland on 27 September. The new album is titled Somebody’s been usin’ that thing, taken from the Callahan Brothers recording (1936). The music falls firmly into the old-time and early bluegrass idioms, where the Watery Hill Boys have built up a reputation of excellent musicianship, harmony singing, and inventive arrangements of traditional and original material.