Richie Foley from Youghal, along with band mates Paddy Kiernan and Sam Rose from ‘Lands End Bluegrass Band’, will play live from The Convention Centre, Dublin on July 18th when Kentucky based radio show ‘Woodsongs’ is broadcast from Ireland. Bryan Klausing will host the show from Dublin as part of The Gathering 2013 and will focus on the Irish birth of Bluegrass, Americana and Appalachian music. Also on the live broadcast will be Mary Black, Paul Brady, We Banjo 3 and Niall Toner. The show will air to upto 2 million listeners across the USA.
Richie is a member of ‘Lands End Bluegrass Band’, which has been chosen to perform on the radio show due to their growing reputation as one of the top Bluegrass bands this side of the Atlantic, and will be joined by members of the group to play on the radio show. The group met at Sore Fingers Bluegrass Camp which is held in the UK every Easter. Some of the most prolific US performers of Bluegrass music come to teach at the yearly event. Since their first performance in 2012, Lands End Bluegrass Band have played at some of the UK’s top festivals, released their debut EP ‘The Border Sessions’ and have received an invite to play Milwaukee Irish Music Festival in 2014.
Richie has been playing mandolin for over 20 years and was a member of ‘Dancing Thru The Ages’ for many years when it performed in Ireland and abroad. Richie always had an interest in Bluegrass music but it was whilst watching one of the greatest mandolin players in the world, Chris Thile, perform on the Late Late Show one Friday night that he knew he wanted to explore the origins of the genre more. Attending Sore Fingers in the UK for many years has given him the opportunity to study under mandolin greats such as John Moore and Mike Marshall and in June 2009 he was offered a scholarship to travel to Santa Cruz in California to attend Mandolin Symposium run by American legend David Grisman.
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