Widely regarded as two of the greatest exponents of the banjo, Ron Block and Damien O’Kane have collaborated to create arguably their own genre, something never heard before! “Damien’s sense of
Widely regarded as two of the greatest exponents of the banjo, Ron Block and Damien O’Kane have collaborated to create arguably their own genre, something never heard before!
“Damien’s sense of piston-like drive and Ron’s stately tone and string-bending accuracy mix to create a confluence of the perfect banjo. The other respected musicians dance around them and give them the space to chase, harmonise, or counter each other throughout this experiment. It works. It all works. Listen to it and see if you agree with me” – Jerry Douglas
Damien and Ron started working on a new record in April 2019. They recorded a number of tracks and met up again at Pure Studios to record more in November 2019 after a tour in the UK. The men had planned to finish the record in April 2020, but were delayed by the pandemic. The record was finally released in June 2022. A real treat for banjo lovers worldwide, they will showcase another masterclass on tenor and bluegrass banjos and how their respective traditions meet and unite in perfect and thrilling harmony.
Joining Damien and Ron on the bill is Aoife Scott, a scion of the renowned Black family (her mother is Frances Black and her aunt, Mary). Her last album was produced by Ron Block and recorded in Nashville and Dublin. Following her highly celebrated debut album, Carry the Day, Aoife released her much anticipated second album in January 2020. Homebird is an impressive collaboration featuring the best of Irish folk musicians and Grammy award-winning bluegrass musicians.
Doors open at 8pm.
Tickets, each costing €16, are available from https://tseac.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873628217,
(Saturday) 8:30 pm
Séamus Ennis Arts Centre
The Naul, Co. Dublin