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An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs): 12.30 pm Lee Valley String Band with guest Niall Toner (this concert will be a tribute to Chris Twomey) €15

Lee Valley String Band

An Spailpín Fánach (upstairs) Sunday 6th Oct 1pm Lee Valley String Band €10

The Lee Valley String Band, Ireland's longest-lived bluegrass and old-time group, perform to huge audiences annually through their regular gigs with the Lee Sessions. Formed in 1968 by the late Chris Twomey and the Toner brothers, Niall and Colm, the LVSB have been through several permutations in their forty-seven (and counting) years and now comprise Mick O'Brien (guitar, vocals), Brendan Butler(mandolin, vocals), Mick Daly (banjo, vocals), and Hal O'Neill (fiddle) and Síona Knepper (Bass). The Lee Valley return to The Malt Shovel now An Spailpin Fanach where they started out nearly over 50 years ago.

Niall Toner hails originally from Harold's Cross in Dublin, and re-located to Myshall, County Carlow, in 2001, where he got together with Clem O’Brien and Dick Gladney, and formed the NTB. Niall is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading experts on Bluegrass and American Country Music. He brings his knowledge of music to a wide audience through his performances with his band, and on his radio show Roots Freeway on RTE Radio One, which features a wide range of music, from Bluegrass and Old Timey to Blues and Cajun, with contemporary singer-songwriters, traditional Irish music and live studio guests. Niall has also been nominated for several PPI Radio Awards.

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