Genres You Will Love
Moods: Type: Acoustic Blues: Slide Guitar Blues Country: Americana Folk: Irish Contemporary

By Location
IRELAND

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Gormacha

Alison McGuinness imparts songs with an acceptance of the message, rather than a need to convince and she has the most beautiful upper-mid range quality to her voice. Her reading of Blues is both elegant and fluent. She opened for Joan Armatrading during the Irish leg of her 2013 tour, but gormacha is her first major collaboration.

Rohan Young’s bodhrán work is breathtaking and he has adapted his drum expertly to the very different textures and patterns required from blues, sitting in rather than always driving the beat. Rohan performs with many of the finest Irish traditional players and works regularly as a session musician. He designs and builds his own bodhráns and is a highly respected teacher of the instrument. Rohan is also a master of the PANart Hang, a rare Swiss made drum.

Dermot Rooney plays slide guitar in a traditional Blues style that is both distinctive and unique. His main instrument is a Dobro, but he also plays acoustic guitar. Dermot was a founding member of the celebrated Belfast Balladeers, which was created by Glenn Simpson. He was for a time resident guitarist at the Rotterdam’s Sunday Blues night and he later toured ‘Sean Nos meets the Blues’, a project based around his slide guitar work. At the time Siobhán Long of the Irish Times described him as ‘an astounding bottleneck blues guitarist’ whose ‘ style...is marked by a modesty and attention to the fine detail that sets him apart’. Dermot was a regular contributor to the Castlebar Blues Festival, which was established by the late Larry Roddy.

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