Top Bluegrass bands coming to Cookstown

The Knotty Pine String Band
The Knotty Pine String Band

A TASTE of Americana in the form of two of the best Bluegrass bands on the scene at the moment comes to Cookstown for one night only on Friday 25th October at 8pm.

The Knotty Pine String Band and the Down and Out Bluegrass band will present a showcase of music from the American heartland.

The Knotty Pine String Band have been playing together since 1993 and have been bringing bluegrass and American roots music to audiences all across Ireland, and the UK .Since 2009 the band has toured America, England and Spain.

The instrumental line up in the band consists of Seamus Mc Gurgan on Banjo, Dobro; Tony Hutchinson, acoustic guitar, vocals; Aidan Mc Gale, bass, vocals; and Declan O’Kane, fiddle, mandolin and vocals. Vocal harmonies are an integral part of the band and these are prominent in practically every song. The band has many radio and television appearances under its belt, including The Gerry Kelly show on UTV.

They have a strong country roots influence with songs from the likes of John Prine, Kristofferson, Steve Goodman and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and also like to take popular songs and give them a bluegrass twist.

In the last few years, the Down and Out Bluegrass Band has established a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest bluegrass bands. With members hailing from counties Armagh, Antrim, Down, and Dublin, the band plays traditional bluegrass straight out of the foothills of Tennessee and North Carolina. Their hard driving banjo and three part vocal harmonies evoke the golden age of bluegrass, and are heavily influenced by classic artists such as Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers. The band has performed widely throughout the UK and Ireland, including television and radio appearances, and released their first album in 2013.Tickets are on sale now, priced £10, from the Burnavon Box Office, Burn Road, by telephone on 028 8676 9949 or online at