Sunday, 10 November 2013

'Burren backstep' - on video, and to be used as theme music for film

Thanks to Brian McNeal of the Prescription Bluegrass Blog (USA) for the news that Irish singer, songwriter, bandleader, and broadcaster Niall Toner (right) has released a new music video, based on his original instrumental 'Burren backstep'. The tune can be heard on his Pinecastle album Onwards and upwards (PRC 1182); and it can now also be 'seen', either on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog or on YouTube, where it is the first video on Niall's new YouTube channel.

The video is very nicely shot, with closeups of Niall and three other pickers giving the tune a thorough work-over. It closes with the dates of Niall's appearance schedule at MerleFest 2014.

Thanks also to ace bluegrass journalist Richard Thompson for the information that 'Burren backstep' has been chosen as the theme for a new Irish movie called Keep it country, to be shot next summer. The director, Ciaran O'Connor, has worked in TV and film for over twenty years, and Keep it country will be his second feature film.