World Music returns with The Fox Hunt and The Henry Girls

Last year two local music enthusiasts from Clonmel, Gerry Lawless and Martha Beardmore, ran a series of Americana/Roots music gigs in the town under the banner of Clonmel World Music, assisted by local volunteers Fiona Ryan, Tom and Chrissie Moylan and Elaine O'Mahony.

Last year two local music enthusiasts from Clonmel, Gerry Lawless and Martha Beardmore, ran a series of Americana/Roots music gigs in the town under the banner of Clonmel World Music, assisted by local volunteers Fiona Ryan, Tom and Chrissie Moylan and Elaine O'Mahony.

They had four sell-out gigs with bands from Ireland, U.K. and the U.S.A. The gigs were held in Raheen House Hotel Clonmel, with sound by Paddy Doheny of Premier Music Clonmel and stage and lighting by Anthony Lawless.

Following on from this successful first year, Clonmel World Music will be presenting a series of great quality Americana/Roots music gigs this year, again in Raheen House Hotel. Six gigs will be spread throughout the year and will feature bands mainly from the U.S.A.

The gigs will be run in the same format in a comfortable caf style setting with full bar facilities. Doors will open at 8pm and there will be no support acts, with the band starting at 9pm prompt each night. This ensures the gigs will finish by 11pm. Tickets for each gig cost €15, which is exceptional value, and are on sale in Premier Music Centre Clonmel, phone (052)6129811.

The first gig will be held on Thursday, 27th January and will feature two bands in a unique collaboration. The first, The Fox Hunt, from West Virginia, peddles a streetwise, subtly subversive mix of vintage Americana and potent original songwriting. Vocal harmonies, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and double bass are all dynamically layered around a single condenser microphone.

They have a rough and rowdy stage show, constantly trading off roles by switching up instruments, exchanging vocals, or harmonising in the background, all the while weaving in and out of the microphone. Last year The Fox Hunt released their third album, Long Way to Go, consisting of all original songs. The band tour for about 150 days each year and this shows in the tightness of their live set.

Joining them on stage will be Donegal band The Henry Girls, consisting of 3 sisters whose exquisite three-part harmonies interweave their native traditions with blues, jazz and country. They are rightly one of Ireland's top emerging folk acts. Between them the girls play harp, guitar, fiddle and accordion with great gusto.

They formed in 2001 and last year released their third album, Dawn, which features music from the award-winning film A Shine Of Rainbows, starring Aidan Quinn. They were nominated for an IFTA award for Best Original Film Score for this work. The band have also written and performed music for TV, theatre and contemporary dance companies. Television appearances include RTE's Nationwide, First Stop on BBC2, Filte on TG4, The Afternoon Show on RTE1 and SRL on BBC2.

Both bands are showcasing this collaboration at the prestigious Celtic Connections Music Festival in Glasgow this month. The Clonmel gig will be part of a short Irish tour and will be the only gig in the south, outside of Dublin. They played this double-header set at two Irish Summer Festivals last year, at The Cork Midsummer Festival and at the Eireagal Arts Festival in Donegal, where they won a standing ovation from 800 people in Letterkenny.

For further information contact Gerry Lawless on 086-3389619 or Martha Beardmore on 087- 9107201 (www.clonmelworldmusic.com, e-mail: info@clonmelworldmusic.com) or become a fan of Clonmel World Music on Facebook.