From the Moniaive Bluegrass Festival www.moniaivebluegrass.co.uk/ which takes place in September every year.
The Down And Out Bluegrass Band is a Belfast is a Northern Ireland based band and was born in March 2011 and consists of five members: Roy Brown, Richard Leeman, Mal Duffin, Howard Walker and newest member John Denby (Dublin ). :-
John Denby on mandolin & vocals; Richard Leeman on guitar, vocals and mandolin; Howard Walker on banjo, vocals and mandolin; Mat Duffin on fiddle, vocals and guitar; Roy Brown on double bass, bass guitar and vocals.
“We are a strictly traditional old time bluegrass band with no fancy frills, just straight forward country pickin and harmony with a good hard driving style.”
The Foundry Bar Band at the Orkney Folk Festival 2012 – 37 years on the road!
Bothy songs and Scottish country music have been a part of life at the Foundry Bar in Arbroath ever since the time when the only customers were the foundry workers from over the road (the foundry has long since gone), the fisher fowk from the town and the fairm chiels in from the Angus countryside for the weekly fairs and markets.
In 1975 some of the Foundry Bar musicians got together, entered and won the Ceilidh Band competition at the Kinross festival – and so was born ‘The Foundry Bar Band’. This, their first album, was issued in 1981 and it has been a top selling album ever since – first as an LP, then on cassette and now remastered in CD format.
Few bands, professional or otherwise, can so well convey the essential lilt of Scottish music with such enjoyment and enthusiasm. The fame of ‘the foondry’ as a musical gathering place has spread far and wide, and on a couple of nights a week the back room is filled to capacity with musicians and enthusiasts from near and far.
Founder members included the late Jim Reid recent line up Geordie Anderson (fiddle), Jim Brown, Harry Scott, Dave Burnett, Mike Petrie and Willie McHardy.
If you miss the programme you can listen to it on Catch Up – available for the next 30 days.