Friday, 20 December 2013

A busy bluegrass beginning to 2014 in Ireland

The Nation & Blackwell Bluegrass Band: (l-r) Gary Davis, Chuck Nation, former Blue Grass Boy Curtis Blackwell, Susan Nation

Bluegrass enthusiasts in Ireland will be well provided with solid traditional bluegrass early in the New Year. High Plains Tradition from Colorado will be touring from 16 to 27 January, including the Shannonside Winter Music Weekend; and from the other side of North America, the Nation & Blackwell Band from Georgia will be touring from 24 January to 8 February. 

Both bands toured in Ireland in 2012. Nation & Blackwell released an album earlier this year, and High Plains Tradition are preparing their fifth album. Gary 'Biscuit' Davis will be on banjo with Nation & Blackwell in place of Jim Pankey, who was with them in 2012; and High Plains Tradition, as in 2012, will have Ron Lynam (formerly of Front Range) on banjo in place of their regular banjo player, Mark Leslie

In addition, Martin Gilmore, son of the High Plains Tradition guitarist Steve Gilmore, will be accompanying the band and playing some shows with them as well as solo dates. Full details of both tours are on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.