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Nanci Griffith's musical journey has taken her from folk and country roots, to her own brand of “folkability”; from Austin’s Hole In The Wall bar to New York’s Carnegie Hall, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Griffith has penned such classics as ‘Gulf Coast Highway’ (duet with Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson), ‘Love At The Five And Dime’ and ‘Outbound Plane’. In turn, she was the first to record Julie Gold’s Grammy winning classic ‘From A Distance’. She has also been honoured with five Grammy nominations, three as a solo artist (winning once) and twice for performances on albums by The Chieftains (winning once).
One of the country’s finest musicians will make a welcome return to the Kilkenny stage next Tuesday night.
IN THE 1930s at the height of The Great Depression in the United States a songwriter and bandleader by the name of Bob Wills toured with a 21-piece orchestra bringing joy and cheer from coast to coast. Wills was a huge influence on performers such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, and John Prine and is widely credited with raising the spirits of a nation through his Western Swing ensembles.
Damien Dempsey will stage an electrifying solo performance in the intimate setting of Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, this Sunday, September 27, at 8.30pm. Considered one of Ireland’s most outstanding contemporary singer/ songwriters, Dempsey has produced a series of critically acclaimed chart-topping albums, the most recent of which is The Rocky Road, featuring the cracking single reworking of “The Rocky Road to Dublin”.