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Bluegrass twist from Knotty Pine

Music lovers can expect a Bluegrass performance with a twist when the Knotty Pine String Band plays Ards next weekend.

One of the top bluegrass groups in Northern Ireland, the band will be bringing a lively dose of banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolins to the latest ‘Friday Night Live’ session in Ards Arts Centre, and as well as playing pure bluegrass, will be weaving the musical traditions into popular song.

Formed in 1994 with a view to bringing bluegrass to an audience which knew very little about the music and its origins — it was inspired by the music of immigrants to America from the UK and Ireland, particularly the Scotch-Irish in Appalachia, and African-Americans — the Knotty Pine String Band is currently putting the finishing touches to its fourth album.

The band consists of Seamus McGurgan (banjo, dobro and acoustic guitar), Tony Hutchinson (vocals and rhythm guitar), Aidan Mc Gale (vocals and bass) and Declan O’Kane (fiddle and mandolin).

The Knotty Pine String Band play Ards Arts Centre on Friday, May 28, at 8pm. The gig is a ‘bring your own’ and tickets, priced £5, are available from the centre. For further information telephone 9181 0803.

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