Monday, 30 September 2013

Ireland at MerleFest 2014

The lineup for next year's MerleFest (24-27 April 2014) includes two acts from Ireland: singer, songwriter, bandleader, and broadcaster Niall Toner (left), and 'neo-old-time' string band I Draw Slow (below).

Niall, who received the EBMA award for European Bluegrass Personality of the Year 2012 earlier this year, has been performing on showcases during IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2013 in Raleigh, NC, and will remain on tour in the USA till 26 October. I Draw Slow were on tour in the USA during the past summer.

MerleFest, held annually on the campus of Wilkes Community College, NC, since it was founded by the late, great Doc Watson in 1988 in memory of his son Merle, is the primary fundraising event for the college and has raised millions of dollars for it. One of the largest US music festivals and one of the world's leading roots-music festivals, it presents top-ranking artists in a wide range of genres - the blend that Doc himself called 'traditional plus'. Europe will also be represented at next year's event by the Kruger Brothers.