Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Niall Toner at IBMA World of Bluegrass 2013

Irish singer, songwriter, bandleader, and broadcaster Niall Toner announces, from his experiences at IBMA's World of Bluegrass over the years, that

this year's event in Raleigh, NC, was the best ever... IBMA in Raleigh was just like having all my birthdays on the one day! The city is a very welcoming place to be, and when it's also full of all one's musical heroes, how can you go wrong?

Things went right for Niall, culminating in his being invited to play at next year's Merlefest, the world's most prestigious roots music festival. During IBMA week in Raleigh he performed seven showcase gigs, on vocals and guitar, accompanied by Richie Foley from Cork on mandolin and a galaxy of American musicians: Missy Raines, Tom Driessen, or Rob Parks (bass), Pete Wernick (banjo), and Dan Mahoney (dobro).

Niall thanks all the above musicians, his PR teams in Make Welcome Entertainment and Pinecastle Records, his Irish band members Dick Gladney and Clem O'Brien, and IBMA and EBMA, especially Rienk Janssen. More details in Niall's own words, together with a photo from one of the showcase gigs, are on Niall's blog.