Saturday 5th October The Oliver Plunkett: 4.30pm Session Americana (USA) & Niall Toner Band €15
Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag". Band, Ry Cavanaugh, Jefferson Hamer, Jim Fitting, Dinty Child, Billy Beard.
Niall Toner Band
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.