In studio this morning are the award-winning Galway band “We Banjo 3”. Their music is a mixture of Irish and Americana and they’ve just released a new single.
Julie Feeney has always believed in magic and she has always brought a little bit of that magic to her stage shows... now, she's taking it to another level with a show called The Girl Who Believed in Magic that she will perform in The Project Arts Centre from March 28th. It contains all her own music and a loose narrative to go with it. Some of it is told in words, some through movement. It's about a girl who believes in magic. Tickets from projectartscentre.ie and more information on juliefeeney.com
If you haven't already heard of Pete Kennedy, the chances are you soon will because since leaving Offaly & heading to the Mecca of country music in Tennessee last July, things have really taken off for him. Pete joins John in studio with some of his fellow musicians from Nashville, for a performance & chat.
PETE KENNEDY TOUR DATES IRELAND
Feb 12 - The Spirit Store - Dundalk, Ireland
Feb 13 - The Source Arts Centre - Thurles, Ireland
Feb 15 - Monroes Live Music Venue - Galway, Ireland
Feb 17 - The Sugar Club - Dublin, Ireland
Feb 18 - The Set Theatre - Kilkenny, Ireland
Feb 20 - Shortt's Live Music Venue - Waterford, Ireland
Feb 21 - Birr Theatre & Arts Centre - Birr, Ireland
In studio with John are Bear's Den, a British alternative folk band formed in West London in 2012, they released their debut album, Islands, in October 2014 on Communion Record. They are on a UK tour & will perform two of their songs in studio this morning.
For more information go to bearsdenmusic.co.uk
The Midnight Union are a band from Kilkenny whose sound is described as a blend of Americana folk, Rhythm and Roots and Blues with an alternative-country twist and a sprinkling of old school rock n' roll.
Their début album is called “Of Life and Lesser Evils” and they’ll be launching it in Whelan's in Dublin tomorrow night with guests In The Willows & The Rattling Kind
Friday 06 Feb - Katie Daly's, Gorey, Wexford
Thursday 05 March - Cobblestone Joe's, Limerick
Thursday 12 March - Cafe sessions, Cavan
For more details check out their Facebook page
Country music singer songwriter John Denver was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970's & one of its best-selling artists. Joining John in studio are Special Consensus, a Grammy nominated Bluegrass Band who have been playing together since they formed in Chicago in 1975.
The band will tour Ireland in January in support of their latest album “Country Boy : A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver” & here are the dates......
Fri 9th January 2015 - CLONMEL, Raheen House Hotel, www.clonmelworldmusic.com
Sat 10th - ARMAGH, Marketplace Theatre, www.marketplacearmagh.com
Sun 11th - HEADFORD, Campbell's Tavern, www.campbellstavern.net
Mon 12th - PORTARLINGTON, The Anvil Inn
Tue 13th - DUBLIN, JJ Smyth's, www.jjsmyths.com
Wed 14th - GRANGE, Barry's
Thur 15th - LISBURN, Island Arts Centre www.islandartscentre.com
Fri 16th - BELFAST, Errigle Inn (Real Music Club) www.realmusicclub.com
Sat 17th - ROSCREA, Leap Castle
Sun 18th - SIXMILEBRIDGE, Bunratty Castle www.wmw.ie
Sun 25th - BANTEER, The Theatre
Mon 26th - KILWORTH, Village Arts Centre, www.villageartscentre.com
Tue 27th - LISTOWEL, St. John's Theatre, www.stjohnstheatrelistowel.com
In studio with John we have music from Beoga. The bedrock of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition, however, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. From bluesy riffs to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always returns to a wonderfully bouncy Irish sound. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun & adventure.
Beoga will play Tradfest in Dublin's Temple Bar - the Button Factory on Saturday January 31st - for tickets go to www.templebartrad.com
John speaks to American folk rock singer-songwriter Don McLean. His signature song, 'American Pie' released on the American Pie album in 1971, was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972.
In the UK, the single reached No. 2 on its original 1972 release & a re-issue in 1991 reached No. 12.
Presenter: Dave Fanning