Having been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, the superb Nashville-based bluegrass/alt country duo, Jeff & Vida is set for local dates to coincide with the release of its new album, Selma Chalk.
Blending traditional bluegrass and modern alt-country, you can experience the genuine front-porch feel of the pair’s original songs when they play at Enniskillen’s Higher Bridges Gallery on Saturday, August 15 and at Custom House Square, Belfast, on Sunday, August 16, as part of the Belfast Maritime Festival’s Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge.
The Maritime Festival, which runs from next Thursday until August 16, has an impressive musical line-up in addition to other attractions for the whole family.
The music programme kicks off on Thursday with Four Men and a Dog, with support from BBC Radio 2 award-winners, Lau.
This is a rare chance to see The Dogs, comprising stellar traditional Irish musicians who manage to fuse boogie and blues music with traditional instrumentation, while Scottish trio Lau — Kris Drever (guitar and vocal), Martin Green (piano accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) — are three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today.