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Jamboree 2018

A look back on the 3rd Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree

Thanks to Des Butler for this report:

Well, the 3rd Woodbine Bluegrass Jamboree took place 13th & 14th July and was a tremendous success, with full houses on both Friday and Saturday nights at the concerts, and two jamming sessions following one another in quick succession on Saturday afternoon.

Friday night concert was opened by Evan Lyons and Taylor Bailey, followed by the Prairie Jaywalkers , and then Woodbine themselves closing the official proceedings. All in all, the audience was treated to some old-time favourites and some modern bluegrass with excellent musicianship displayed by all. A jamming session took place after the event and continued well into the early hours.
Saturday afternoon saw the first jamming session take place in Pat Dunne's Lounge with Tony O'Brien, Kevin and Geraldine Gill, P J Power & Richard Hawkins leading the fray with some fine musicians taking part, notably Freda & Jerry from Dundalk Eamon & Lorraine from Drogheda Neil O Rahilly from Cork and Sean McManus from Cavan.

This session had just come to a close when some 'fresh blood' arrived in the shape of Pat Kelleher, Joe Zajac, Liam Wright, and Colin & James Henry who took up the mantle, ably assisted by Richard Hawkins on banjo who played straight through both jamming sessions.

The Saturday night concert was opened by the fine playing and harmonies of Pat Kelleher and Joe Zajac. This multi-talented duo were a treat to listen to.
Their performance was followed by the dulcet tones and original songs of Gary Ferguson accompanied by the excellent musicianship of Colin & James Henry
The final performance of the evening was provided by the Clem O'Brien Unit, comprising Clem, Tony O'Brien & Dick Gladney on bass, with Clem giving a very strong & excellent performance on vocals and guitar.

An added and welcome surprise was a guest appearance by Niall Toner who, backed by Clem, Tony, Dick, and Colin, delivered a powerful and moving set of original songs, some dedicated - as one of Clem's songs had been - to Niall's late wife Moira.

All thanks to WOODBINE for providing us all with another great bluegrass weekend in Athy. Keep up the good work, long may it last.

Des Butler, Julianstown, Co Meath

Accommodation in Athy

Clanard Court Hotel 059 8640666..... Edge Town

Forest Farm 059 8631231- 8633070..... 2.5 miles to Town

Ardscull Farm 0598626188..... 2.5 miles to Town

Bowden 059 8631948..... In Town

Moate Lodge 059 8626137..... 2.5 miles to Town

Aurora House 059 8633103..... In Town

Hawthorn 059 8633907..... Edge Town

Dollardstown House 087 7880169..... 4 miles to Town

Coursetown House 059 8631101..... 3 miles to Town

Milltown Manor 059 8632309..... 3 miles to Town

Kane’s 059 8631434..... In Town

Knockfin 059 8638016..... In Town

Ballindrum Farm 059 8626294..... 4.5 miles to Town

Belan Lodge 086 8283192..... 7 miles to Town

Bray House 059 8631759 Mob: 086 8389576.......2 miles to Town

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