The Banjo Festival musicians
- Created: Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:43
Saint John the Gambler
Saint John the Gambler play exciting Alt-Gypsy-Swing music with a dance-inducing spirit. This Dublin-based band have melded sounds from bygone eras and distant lands with modern songwriting to create a bluesy gypsy piracy. Their energetic shows have built SJG a reputation as the “must-see” band at every festival around. www.saintjohnthegambler.com
The Moron Brothers are a Bluegrass duo from Kentucky that wear overalls and do some pickin’ and grinnin’ while singing comical songs. Their hits include the famous lyric “If my nose was running money honey, I’d blow it all on you.” Don’t be fooled – this is great bluegrass from great talents. www.themoronbrothers.com
Bog Standard String Band
Derek Copley (Banjo,vocals) and Ais Conway Keogh (Fiddle), who charmed us all last year with the Greasy Coat String Band, team up with Clew Bay Critters Tim Rodgers (Mandolin) and Ben Keogh(guitar) to provide some exquisite Oldtimey songs and tunes. Anything but bog standard!
No limits for this energetic local line-up! Kirby brothers David (accordion) and Jamie (banjo/mandolin) belt out the melodies, with Stephen (Sods) O’Dea on guitar and vocals and Elaine Ryan on guitar, bodhrán and vocals. You’ll be entertained with famous ballads, country favourites, traditional tunes and some funky twists in a rousing performance.
Banjaxed Bluegrass Band
This Limerick-based band are the mainstay of bluegrass in the Treaty city. Leo Hayes (vocals, guitar), Bill Foster (5-string banjo player, harmony vocals), Ger O’Donnell (double bass, vocals, harmony), Joanna Hyde(fiddle), Maria Ryan(fiddle) and Karin Hickey (fiddle, vocals) play it like it, with heart, a smile, and no shortage of talent.
John Nyhan & friends
The well-travelled singer/guitarist/impresario John Nyhan is a rock of the festival who always brings with him the best of musicians, from the Rebel County and beyond. Be prepared for lots of stories, songs, and mighty tunes to keep a smile on your face, and be ready to join in!
Gale Force 3
Gerry Phelan (Banjo) and his daughter Niamh (flute, fiddle) have been playing with Liam Leahy (Guitar, bouzouki) for a few years, and this year launched their debut CD “Are you listening now?”. With three very different voices, their set includes rousing singalong songs, plaintive laments and ballads, foot-tapping traditional tunes, and the occasional surprise.
Sixmilebridge Folk Club Band
The Sixmilebridge Folk Club has had regular sessions running in the Bridge, Kilkishen and Bunratty for many years now, and the core of the musicians involved also enjoy performing as a band. The trad sound at the core of the band is complemented by folk, bluegrass and occasional country nuumbers