My tour dates with the Alison Krauss Windy City tour and the U.K. banjo tour with Damien O'Kane & Ron Block are now up on the website. There's also a Soggy Bottom Boys date July 27th at Rockygrass. More Alison dates are coming for October, and more dates with Damien O'Kane are coming in November. I'll be touring in December with an artist I'll name once they announce the tour dates. All told I'll be playing a total of around 88 dates this year.
Now, I would never play this sound in a bluegrass band. But I might do this if Chris Stapleton sang "Wild Bill Jones" electrified and I was playing banjo-Tele. Unless he told me not to. Banjo neck by Tim Davis, fitted and with electronics redone by Kevin Marshall of Smiling Moon Guitars. Early '60s Fender Deluxe. Banjo-Tele--->Analysis Plus cable---->amp. No effects.
Just got this banjo Telecaster back with a new neck by Tim Davis, fitted by Kevin Marshall of Smiling Moon Guitars, who also fixed up the electronics. In the past I've used this mainly for quiet backstage banjo practice because it was problematic to keep in tune, and the electronics weren't up to par - but now I want to join a blues band. This thing plays like butter now.
Can't wait to tour this year in the U.K. with the banjo-driving wizard Damien O'Kane and two more of the best musicians I know, Duncan Lyall and Steven Byrnes. If you're near any of these shows, please come out for massive banjo-lyzation and a chat afterwards! It'll be a big banjer party! Bluegrass and Irish in a Vitamix blender on high. Tickets available at http://damienokane.co.uk/gigs/ #banjos #banjosareforlife #banjobanter #banjophony #banjorithmetic #banjology #irish #bluegrass #irishandbluegrassmeet
I'm glad to have played banjo and lead guitar on this song, The Derry Walls, by Northern Ireland singer/songwriter Eilidh Patterson. I was in Derry/Londonderry, N. Ireland a few years ago with Jerry Douglas's Transatlantic Sessions live show, a truly beautiful part of the world. Lovely song and performance by Eilidh.
I've been in the U.K. since April 6th, recording in Yorkshire with Damien O'Kane, Stevie Byrnes, and David Kosky, then came here to Kingham, near Oxford, for the Sore Fingers bluegrass and old-time camp. I'll be heading down towards Heathrow to meet up with Tony Furtado for the rest of my U.K. travels - full list below! Come out and see us if you're near.